"The art and material culture of Japanese esoteric Buddhism constitutes, by any measure, one of the most stunning yet complex visual traditions of East Asia. With a Single Glance is the first English-language volume on Japanese esoteric Buddhist art to draw extensively on recent theoretical work in the areas of religion, ritual, and Buddhism, in addition to art history. Bogel's comprehensive and exciting study will be of broad interest not only to scholars of Japan and Buddhism but also to scholars of religious art and material culture writ large."
-Robert Sharf, University of California, Berkeley
"There is no other book in English that approaches the sophistication or analytical rigour of this explication of the radical changes in visuality brought about by the introduction of Mikkyo to Japan. Exhaustively researched and beautifully written, Bogel's study provides a new understanding of the material, somatic, and visual dimensions of Mikkyo imagery, practices, and spaces. This is a superb book."
-Christine Guth, Head, Asian Design History Specialism, Royal College of Art and Victoria and Albert Museum
"This book is an extensive and detailed account of perhaps the most seminal, defining phase in Japanese culture. It builds on the author's extensive knowledge of the history of Japanese art and reaches impressively into Buddhist studies, early Japanese politics and institutional history, as well as the Chinese background. It is presented with the articulacy of a scholar with a long-standing passion for the multi-faceted theoretical background to her field."
-Ian Astley, University of Edinburgh
"All readers . . . will be rewarded with a greater understanding of the complexity of the topic and the inherently close relationship between Mikkyo ritual and its visual culture. . . . this book is well worth reading."
"The book is readable; it is learned; it is a beautiful object. By all means it belongs on the shelves of scholars and students of premodern Japanese religion and visual culture."
-Hank Glassman, CAA Reviews, March 2012
"This book is brimming with information and thoughtful discussions. The author certainly succeeds in drawing out attention back to the importance of images in Mikkyo and bringing the question of the mode of existence of an icon to the fore."
-Richard Bowring, Monumenta Nipponica, Vol. 66 (1).
"There is simply no other book like With a Single Glance in (or out) of print. . . . This . . . rich volume . . . will be useful to researchers, graduate students, collectors, and museum professionals . . ."
-Heather Blair, Museum Anthropology Review, Spring-Fall 2011
"...not only is this book the most comprehensive study on this subject, but it also contains new perspectives and is bound to inspire further research in this field."
-Japanese Journal of Religious Studies
"Bogel's informed and stimulating discussion of ninth-century Japanese esoteric Buddhist imagery treats contextualized objects as visual culture... the author offers sophisticated insights. Summing up: Recommended."
"The most up-to-date and comprehensive study on visual culture of 9th-century Esoteric Buddhist art, innovative for its broad theoretical foundation."
-Oxford Bibliographies - Kukai