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Introduction to Asian Art

80050 ARH 208 Introduction to Asian Art
WEB 07/22-08/15 Overton K.

A historical survey of the visual arts in Asia from prehistory to 1900. Selected works of painting, sculpture, architecture and ceramics from India, China, Japan, Korea, Southeast and Central Asia are studied in relation to the religions and cultures producing them. Open to non-majors.

In summer 2013, this web course will pay special attention to the 4th through 17th centuries.  Students will be introduced to the major religions of Asia (Zoroastrianism, Buddhism, Hinduism, Islam) and their associated architectural masterpieces (Dunhuang in China, Penjikent in Tajikistan, Borobudur in Indonesia, Angkor Wat in Cambodia, Bibi Khanum in Uzbekistan, Taj Mahal in India).  Particular emphasis will be placed on cultural exchange between Central Asia, the Indian subcontinent and China (trade routes, diplomacy), the relationship between architecture, piety and patronage, and the arts of writing (calligraphy) and ceramics in comparative perspective.  Course requirements include a visit to the Portland Art Museum, listening to online lectures, watching architectural film, and reading primary and secondary textual sources (all in English).

Registration is now open.

This course has an Islamic/Middle Eastern component and will provide a suitable introduction for students interested in the the Fall 2013 lecture course, Visual Culture of the Islamic World (GR PER: ISLAMIC ART 14989 ARH 450)