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Benezit Dictionary of Asian Artists
Over 4,700 artists from antiquity to the present from the Benezit Dictionary of Artists (2006). Most are from East Asia, particularly Japan and China. Entries include concise narratives of artists’ careers, bibliographies, exhibition histories, and collection holdings.
See also the Biography tab on the Chinese Art (Modern) guide
An Index Dictionary of Chinese Artist, Collectors and Connoisseurs, with Character Identification by Modified Stroke Count by
Call Number: Art Reference, N7348. S48 1998
Artists are listed alphabetically rather than by Dynasty. Part II presents a simple methodology for identifying characters by a modified stroke counting system.
Buddha: his life in images by
Call Number: Art Library, N 8193.2 .J673 2003
A survey of significant representations of the Buddha from key regions in Asia, Succinct essays explain the background of each work and the where it was created.
Call Number: Art Library Reference, N 8193 .L6813 1995
An Encyclopaedia of Buddhist Deities, Demigods, Godlings, Saints and Demons by
Call Number: Art Library Reference, BQ130.B88 1994 vol. 1 & 2
Broad coverage of the Buddhist pantheon, essays and some drawings are supplemented by an index of attributes in volume 2.
Lives of the Buddha in the Art and Literature of Asia by
Call Number: Art Library, NX 676.2.C86 1982
Relates the various stories and episodes of the Buddha's many incarnations, including his final one, as they appear in the literature and art of Asia. On the one hand, they represent a vital interest in the Buddha as a teacher and example of righteous behavior, which is central to Hinayana, or Theravada [Doctrine of the elders], Buddhism. On the other hand, the miraculous content of so many of these stories reveals an aspect of the other main branch of Buddhism, Mahayana [The great vehicle] Buddhism. Stories about the past lives of the Buddha (called Jatakas or Birth Stories) are also covered. (from Introduction p. 2).
Mudras in Buddhist and Hindu Practices by
Call Number: Art Library Reference, BQ 512 5.M8 B86 2005