ARTH-171-01 Buddhist Art
Fall for 2017-2018
This course will survey the Buddhist art and architecture of Asia through selected case studies of
artworks and sites in South Asia, Southeast Asia, and East Asia. Among the topics to be studied
include: representations of the historical Buddha’s life, rock-cut architecture, monastic
complexes, painted mandalas, Zen portraits, as well as the roles played by patronage, pilgrimage,
and ritual. Our focus upon the Buddhist art and architecture of Asia will allow us to think
through not only the historical development of the religion and its visual and architectural forms,
but also issues of cross-cultural transmission. In the process, students will gain familiarity not
only with the religious and historical context of the artworks and sites and with the basic
iconography of Buddhist deities, but also with methods of visual analysis that form the basis of
art historical methodology. No prior knowledge of Asian art or religions is required or assumed.
*for ARTH majors, fulfills the Non-European distribution requirement
**for ARTH minors, fulfills the pre-1600 distribution requirement
Credits: 3
Prerequisites: None
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