The Art and Architecture of Japan

The Art and Architecture of Japan

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Once slighted as mere copying from China, the arts of Japan are now seen as a unique alternation of advances and withdrawals. At times the islanders produced Chinese-style works of great beauty, unmatched on the continent. When they chose to be independent, their art differs at every level. Sculpture, and even more painting, are concrete, sensuous, and emotional, speaking directly to all.Their houses were more or less a simplified version of the preceding shinden type in the Heian period. Therefore ... Michue (i i92 i2=52), the leading nobleman ot his generation, was also the first important patron of Zen in Kyoto. ... leinouchi, a family of master builders in Kyoto, the hall itself was about 202 by i8i feet in plan.

Title:The Art and Architecture of Japan
Author: Robert Treat Paine, Alexander Coburn Soper
Publisher:Yale University Press - 1981

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