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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
 
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
 
Ling Long Woman's Magazine (Shanghai, 1931 to 1937)
Columbia University Libraries
A digital archive of Ling Long Women's Magazine, "originally published in Shanghai from 1931 to 1937 and of significant scholarly research value in several disciplines." With extensive background information about the magazine and the social and cultural context in which it was produced.

Go to Museum Resource: http://www.columbia.edu/cu/lweb/digital/collections/linglong/index.html
 
Devi: The Great Goddess
Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, Smithsonian Institution
Online presentation of a 1999 exhibition that looked at the six aspects of the goddess Devi, all-important in Hinduism, but also relevant to Buddhism and Jainism. Informative text organized into four topics: 1) Who Is Devi; 2) Aspects of Devi; 3) Interpreting Devi; 4) Tantric Devi Series. Pop-up glossary and illustrations throughout. The "Tantric Devi Series" features a selection of images from a set of 17th-century paintings that visualize Devi in expressive forms of strength and beauty.

Go to Museum Resource: http://www.asia.si.edu/education/devi/index.htm
 
When Gold Blossoms: Indian Jewelry from the Susan L. Beningson Collection
Asia Society
Online presentation of a 2004-2005 exhibition of Indian jewelry, with a focus on jewelry for women and deities. The site features more than 22 objects, mostly from the 18th and 19th centuries. Includes topical text on women, deities, and jewelers and jewelry-making techniques, but there is no descriptive text for individual objects.

Go to Museum Resource: http://sites.asiasociety.org/arts/indianjewelry/index.html
 
Ukiyo-E
Minneapolis Institute of Arts
"During the Edo Period (1615-1868), a uniquely Japanese art form developed known as ukiyo-e, or 'pictures of the floating world.' A Buddhist concept, ukiyo originally suggested the sadness (uki) of life (yo). But during the peace and prosperity of the 17th century, another ideograph, also pronounced uki but meaning "to float," emerged. Instead of connoting sadness, ukiyo came to be associated with the momentary, worldly pleasures of Japan's rising middle class." Brief introductory text and 362 prints from the MIA collection, plus a short video (Pictures of the Floating World) and two featured collections of images: 1) Images of Women by Kitagawa Utamaro; 2) Rain in Woodblock Prints.

Go to Museum Resource: http://www.artsmia.org/art-of-asia/explore/explore-collection-ukiyo-e.cfm
 
Prints & Photographs Online Catalog: Fine Prints, Japanese, pre-1915
Library of Congress
"The Library's Prints and Photographs Division houses more than 2,500 woodblock prints and drawings by Japanese artists of the seventeenth through early twentieth centuries including Hiroshige, Kuniyoshi, Sadahide, and Yoshiiku. ... About seventy percent of the collection is currently available online." The BACKGROUND AND SCOPE section has selections from the collection organized into the following categories: Actors; Women; Landscapes; Scenes from Japanese Literature; Daily Life; Views of Western Foreigners. Also with brief discussions of ukiyo-e and Yokohama-e prints, the latter being the images of foreigners in the port city of Yokohama produced by Japanese artists following the 1852-54 expedition of Commodore Matthew Perry (1794-1858).

Go to Museum Resource: http://www.loc.gov/pictures/collection/jpd
 
The Floating World of Ukiyo-e: Shadows, Dreams, and Substance
Library of Congress
Online presentation of a 2003 exhibition showcasing the Library's holdings of Japanese prints, books, and drawings from the 17th to the 19th century. Images organized into the following categories: 1) Early Masters (1600-1740); 2) Major Genres: Beauties, Actors, and Landscapes; 3) Images and Literary Sources; 4) Realia and Reportage; 5) Japan and the West: Artistic Cross-Fertilization; 6) Beyond Ukiyo-e: Modern and Contemporary Japanese Prints. The EXHIBITION OVERVIEW provides historical background about ukiyo-e.

Go to Museum Resource: http://www.loc.gov/exhibits/ukiyo-e/
 
Dream Worlds: Modern Japanese Prints and Paintings from the Robert O. Muller Collection
Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, Smithsonian Institution
A selection of prints and paintings from the 1890s to the 1930s, with a focus on three types of images: 1) Creatures Real and Imagined (images of nature); 2) Stage Presence (image of kabuki actors); 3) Beauty Personified (images of women). Also with a special section on the screen-printing process.

Go to Museum Resource: http://www.asia.si.edu/exhibitions/online/dreamWorlds/base.html
 
Felice Beato's Japan: People, An Album by the Pioneer Foreign Photographer in Yokohama
Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Visualizing Cultures
"These photos of men and women from different walks of life catered to foreign curiosity about the 'exotic' Japanese. Most were taken in [Felice] Beato's studio in Yokohama." All images with captions transcribed verbatim from the ca. 1869 album. With an in-depth essay by Alona C. Wilson.

Go to Museum Resource: http://ocw.mit.edu/ans7870/21f/21f.027/beato_people/index.html
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