The Museum of the Art Institute of Chicago was one of the original branches of the Institute, founded in 1879, focused on the fine arts. Its collection, which began with nothing more than plaster casts, has expanded to over 300,000 works of art. The building itself has gone through eight major expansions.
Japanese Collection size:
Much of their Japanese collection is easily viewed online through their digital collections and is a great resource for teaching and research.
Online catalog: http://www.artic.edu/aic/collections/artwork/category/103
Digitized images of the Japanese collection at the museum of the Art Institute of Chicago. Browsable by: on display, not on display, images, interpretive resources, artist or culture, collection category, and object type. Searchable by: keyword, artist or culture, title, accession number, collection category, and type.
The Art Institute's online collections allow free access to over 68,000 works, as well as basic information about them. These can be browsed by collection, or searched by keyword, artist, culture, title, accession number, collection category, or type.