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Asian Art


Welcome to the Asian Art Subject Research Guide

This guide highlights resources relevant to the study of Asian Art. 

For a more comprehensive list of Library resources for Art History please visit the Art History and Curatorship guide and the A-Z eJournals and Databases website.


General art reference sources:

Chinese art:

Index to Ming Dynasty Chinese Paintings
A database containing over 9,000 records of Chinese artwork and artists from the Ming Dynasty. 
The database includes: artist biographies, artwork descriptions, a bibliography covering the Ming Dynasty period, mid-14th through mid-17th centuries in China.

Japanese art:


You can access print and eBooks via the Library Catalogue. To find books on a particular subject, try a keyword search:




To improve your searching skills, see the Research Essentials Library Guide. Note that you can search the catalogue in non-Latin scripts (including Arabic, Chinese, Hebrew, Japanese and Korean). 

For information on access and loans, including material from other libraries, see the borrowing from the library page. The eBook Guide provides information on eBook access.

Recommended books


Databases useful for Asian Art:

  • Asia Art Archive
    A large collection of primary and secondary source material on contemporary Asian art. Secondary materials include: exhibition catalogues, monographs, reference books, periodicals, audio-visuals, AAA files, invitation cards, leaflets and clippings.


Below is a selected list of online Asian art eJournals. For a complete list of eJournals held by the University of Melbourne Library please visit our A-Z eJournals page.


You can find relevant information and resources for your research on the websites of professional organisations and bodies, institutes, NGOs, government departments, etc.

This guide gives a few suggestions to get you started and to give you an idea what to look for. It is by no means comprehensive. If you are a coursework student, check your LMS to see if your lecturer has provided website recommendations.

Tip: if you want to limit your Google search results to organisational, governmental, or educational websites, use Google's advanced search option to limit the site or domains to .org, .gov, .edu

Selected websites on Asian art:



Southeast Asia