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Daitokuji : the visual cultures of a Zen monastery

Author: Gregory P A Levine
Publisher: Seattle : University of Washington Press, ©2005.
Edition/Format:   Book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"The Zen Buddhist monastery Daitokuji in Kyoto has long been revered as a cloistered meditation center, a repository of art treasures, and a wellspring of the "Zen aesthetic." Gregory Levine's Daitokuji unsettles these conventional notions with inquiry into the significant and surprising visual and social identities of sculpture, painting, and calligraphy associated with this fourteenth-century monastery and its  Read more...
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Gregory P A Levine
ISBN: 0295985402 9780295985404
OCLC Number: 58728854
Description: 444 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 27 cm.
Contents: Telling tales: art history's Daitokuji --
Borrowed bodies: Abbot portraiture at Daitokuji --
Contested corpus of Chan/Zen portraiture --
Founder's statue at Korin'in --
Frailty of likeness --
Making, breaking, and remembering: the Sanmon gate and statue of Sen No Rikyu --
Gate of memory --
Telling the tale --
"Crucified" portrait --
Tracing the calligraphic past at Daitokuji --
Writing a calligraphic category: the creation of "Bokuseki" --
Myriad calligraphers, multifarious traces: reading Kogetsu Sogan's Bokuseki No Utsushi --
Faking the masters: calligraphy forgery and Bokuseki No Utsushi --
Taking in the breeze: airing the visual and textual past at Daitokuji --
Mushiboshi at Daitokuji --
Airings, exhibitions, and feuds --
Repairing the temple, filling the museum: travels of the Daitokuji five hundred Luohan.
Responsibility: Gregory P.A. Levine.
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