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Web Gleanings: Asian Visual and Performing Arts–Part I

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Asia, General

The Art of Asia


The collections of Korean, Japanese, and Chinese works of art have been added to this site, produced by the Minneapolis Institute of Arts. From this introductory page, one can access the collections by culture,  period, or themes. There are thousands of objects, including 368 ukiyo-eand an extensive guide to Chinese ceramics.

South and Southeast Asian Art


These pages are part of the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s prodigious “Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History.”In addition to this section of articles about the art of South and Southeast Asia, there are links in the right-side frame to the art of China, Japan, and Korea. All objects cited here come from the collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City.


Taoism and the Arts of China


In November 2000, the Art Institute of Chicago opened this exhibition; these web pages contain the essence of that exhibit. Along with the images, the timelines, and a detailed glossary are several lesson plans for elementary and secondary school students.

China: West Meets East at the Metropolitan Museum of Art (video)


This video is part of the “Great Museums” series and lasts for almost an hour. The Metropolitan Museum’s collection of Chinese pieces contains commentary by specialists in Chinese art. The Met has the largest collection of Chinese works outside of China. (There are some advertisements accompanying this video; the YouTube version has advertising as well.)


India’s Ancient Art


The National Geographic Society published this article in 2008 about the cave murals in India, painted in the fifth century. Near the top of the page is a link to the photo gallery. There is also an interactive map. Of special note are the panoramic photos of these caves on another site:

Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts


This site is rich in its offerings. The links on the right side of the home page include hundreds of photos of archaeological sites, digital images from slides of Indian art from collections worldwide, and a large number of essays on all aspects of the arts of India.




Although this site is no longer updated, its 452 pages and 4,360 images proprovide sufficient information to readers who are eager to learn about the contemporary ceramics of Japan. There is a guidebook to more than forty styles of Japanese ceramics, an index of artists and an index of ten years of articles written for the Japan Times. At the top of the home page is a link to the photo tours of works by prize-winning artists.

Japanese Buddhist Statuary


The author calls his site a “photo dictionary” for Buddhist statuary. However, it is much more than that. There are guides, timelines, and historic information for hundreds of topics—all easily accessible from the links on the left side of the home page. A guide for students and one for teachers are also provided.

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