Ideas and Art in Asian Civilizations: India, China, and Japan

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M.E. Sharpe, 2012 - Art - 305 pages
This book introduces the civilizations of India, China, and Japan by exploring the ways that specific ideas interact and are expressed in the three cultures before the nineteenth century. The discussion focuses on the understandings of nature, man, and society. An exploration of art touches on symbol, style, meaning, materials, and technique and the author explores ideals of beauty and explains aesthetic assumptions for each civilization. Throughout the text, the author provides historical context and describes the social institutions that were formed in different circumstances.

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