John Max Rosenfield (October 9, 1924 – December 16, 2013)[1] was an American art historian, with a specialization in Japanese art.

He began teaching at Harvard University in 1968, and is now the Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Professor of East Asian Art, Emeritus[2] and Curator of Oriental Art at Harvard's Fogg Art Museum.

In March, 2001, he was awarded the 19th Yamagata Banto prize for his contributions in spreading Japanese culture outside Japan.[2]

Literary works

  • Rosenfield, John M. Dynastic arts of the Kushans. 1967. (1993 ISBN 81-215-0579-8)
  • Rosenfield, John M. Japanese Arts of the Heian Period, 794-1185. Asian Society, 1967.
  • Rosenfield, John M. and Shujiro Shimada. Traditions of Japanese Art : Selections from the Kimiko and John Powers Collection. Harvard University Press, 1970. (ISBN 0-674-90125-8)
  • Rosenfield, John M. The courtly tradition in Japanese art and literature: selections from Hofer and Hyde collections. Fogg Art Museum, Harvard University, 1973.
  • Rosenfield, John M. and Elizabeth Ten Grotenhuis. Journey of the Three Jewels: Japanese Buddhist Paintings from Western Collections. Tuttle Publishing, 1979. (ISBN 0-87848-054-4)
  • Rosenfield, John M. et al. eds. Extraordinary Persons : Works by Eccentric, Non-Conformist Japanese Artists of the Early Modern Era (1580-1868) in the collection of Kimiko & John Powers. 3 vols. Harvard University Press, 1998. (ISBN 1-891771-00-0)
  • Rosenfield, John M. and Buson Yosa. Mynah Birds and Flying Rocks: Word and Image in the Art of Yosa Buson (Franklin D. Murphy Lectures, XVIII). Spencer Museum of Art, University of Kansas, 2004. (ISBN 0-913689-48-3)
  • Rosenfield, John M. _Portraits of Chōgen: The Transformation of Buddhist Art in Early Medieval Japan_. Leiden, the Netherlands: Brill, 2011.


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  2. ^ a b "Rosenfield to be awarded Banto Prize in March." Harvard University Gazette. 8 February 2001.