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Hell in Japanese Art

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A collection of imaginative (and even humorous) illustrations of hell and other underworld realms in Japanese art works. A great reference for artists and illustrators.
This art book showcases depictions of hell in Japanese art from the 12th century to the 19th century. It features a large collection of masterpieces presented with details and enlargements from the works. These images are of aesthetic, thought-provoking, frightening and wickedly funny.

The single-volume collection focuses primarily on works designated as Japanese National Treasures or Important Cultural Properties and features the various depictions of hell by prominent artists such as Kazunobu Kano, Nichosai, Yoshitoshi Tsukioka and Kyosai Kawanabe. It is a must-see for artists, illustrators and anyone interested in representations of hell.

This volume also features the 19th century woodblock-printed edition of Ojoyoshu (The Essentials of Rebirth in the Pure Land) written by the medieval Buddhist monk Genshin (942 - 1017) and is accompanied by modern bilingual text. Written in 985, this influential Buddhist text is often compared with Dante's La Divina Commedia (La Divine Comedie/The Divine Comedy). Its brutal scenes of underworld realms display the suffering and cruelty one might endure as a consequence of harmful acts committed in life or the judgement by the Ten Kings of Hell. These ideas of hell in Ojoyoshu have played an enduring role in inspiring Japanese Buddhist paintings and other subsequent texts, particularly from the medieval period onward, and are vividly portrayed in the painting featured in this volume.
Essays from historians of both Japanese art and Buddhism are also included in bilingual text.

Art direction and planning by Takaoka Kazuya

Text by Kajitani Ryoji (Honorary Member of the Nara National Museum) and Nishida Naoki (Professor of Sakushin Gakuin University Women's College)
Title: Hell in Japanese Art
Binding: Softcover
Language: Japanese/English 
Page-total: 592
Size: 210 x 304 mm

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