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Fine Works of the Ming and Qing Women Painters
The Palace Museum
With paintings by 27 artists active during the Ming and Qing period. With one selected work for each artist, along with brief biographical information. Several works are fan paintings.

Go to Museum Resource: http://www.dpm.org.cn/english/E/e9/index.htm
Kabuki Theatre of Japan
The British Museum
Online presentation of the 2005 exhibition , which examined the famous rivalry between the Kabuki actors Rikan and Shikan. Features 24 images, each with explanatory text. An excellent introduction to aspects of Kabuki, including history, audiences, music, costumes, roles, and actors.

Go to Museum Resource: http://www.britishmuseum.org/explore/online_tours/japan/kabuki_theatre_of_japan...
Monet & Japan
National Gallery of Australia
Online archive of a 2001 exhibit with "carefully chosen works of Japanese art [that] give us the context for exploring Monet's changing perception of Japan through masterpiece after masterpiece. ... [The exhibit gives] everyone who loves Monet's paintings a chance to understand the ways in which he absorbed the lessons of Japanese art, from his first encounter in the 1860s until the final years after the First World War." Select THEMES from the gray menu at top for text discussions with related images; select COMPARE WORKS to see Monet's paintings next to Japanese prints with related composition, design, and subject elements; and select EDUCATION for information on how to teach using this website.

Go to Museum Resource: http://www.nga.gov.au/monetjapan/Default.cfm
Yongzheng's Screen of Twelve Beauties
The Palace Museum
"When [the Emperor] Yongzheng [r. 1723-35] was still a prince, he commissioned this beautiful set of paintings for the purpose of decorating a screen in the Deep Willows Reading Hall, a study within his private quarters at the Summer Palace. ... Painted in realistic style with neat outlines and generous color, the set follows the custom of depicting ladies of the court as women of elegance and natural grace. The artist portrayed these imagined beauties at leisure activities such as sampling tea, watching butterflies, and reading, as well as showing them in quiet reflection. He also showcased the most popular costumes and hairstyles of the Qing court women." With images of all 12 "beauties," each with a note about hairstyle, costume, jewelry, or other element of the painting.

Go to Museum Resource: http://www.dpm.org.cn/english/E/e28/index.htm
100 Views of Mount Fuji
The British Museum
Online presentation of the 2001 exhibition 100 Views of Mount Fuji, which explored "a wide range of manifestations of the mountain in Japanese art, as portrayed in 100 works by painters and print designers from the seventeenth century to the present." Featuring 19 images, each with explanatory text.

Go to Museum Resource: http://www.britishmuseum.org/explore/online_tours/japan/views_of_mount_fuji/100...
The 24 Jinas
Rubin Museum of Art
Created for the 2009-2010 exhibition Victorious Ones: Jain Images of Perfection, this website introduces the 24 Jinas, the founding figures of Jainism, as they are depicted in a 19th-century Indian painting.

Go to Museum Resource: http://images.rma2.org/flash/24Jinas.swf
The Adventures of Hamza
Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, Smithsonian Institution
"The Hamzanama (story of Hamza) is a popular collection of action-filled stories that recount in straightforward language the colorful adventures of Hamza, the uncle of the Prophet Muhammad, and other legendary heroes as they travel the world spreading the teachings of Islam. ... The selection of illustrations and stories presented here is intended to introduce you to some of the key heroes and villains of the Hamzanama." Illustrations from Mughal dynasty royal manuscripts.

Go to Museum Resource: http://www.asia.si.edu/exhibitions/online/hamza/default.htm
Age of the Great Khan: Painting and Calligraphy in the Mongol Yuan Dynasty
National Palace Museum
A comprehensive resource for art under Mongol China, with images organized into four sections: 1) Marco Polo; 2) Recluse Scholars; 3) Polyethnic Scholars; 4) The Imperial Clan. With text and additional subtopics under each section (mouseover images on topic pages to bring up each subtopic), plus a large selection of art works under each section. There is also a special section for teachers with resources on imperial portraiture, architecture, and revivalism in Yuan-dynasty painting, plus analysis of three specific paintings.

Go to Museum Resource: http://tech2.npm.gov.tw/khan/english/main_h_eng.htm
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