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Here is a selected list of materials you may find useful. Handbooks provide readers with a summary overview of a topic and include carefully selected bibliographies. Be sure to look at the lists for further reading provided by the authors of the entries--they will be especially useful for you as you deepen your research.
Encyclopedia of Buddhism (2007). Routledge publication.
Encyclopedia of Buddhism (2004). 2 volume edition.
An encyclopaedia of Buddhist deities, demigods, godlings, saints, and demons. With special focus on iconographic attributes (1994).
Companion to Asian Art and Architecture The most relevant chapter is "Revisiting Asian Art" (p. 3) which has an excellent introduction to the ways of seeing Asian art and how to appropriately analyze Asian art in a historical context.
The Oxford Handbook of Religion and the Arts (2014). Chapter on Buddhism but introductory chapters might also prove useful.
The Buddhist handbook: A complete guide to Buddhist schools, teaching, practice, and history (1991).