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Art and Architecture of India to 1500

ARHA 285
Spring 2012 not offered
Crosslisting: EAST 285
Certificates: South Asian Studies

This course is an introduction to the artistic and architectural traditions of the Indian subcontinent from prehistory to 1500 through a series of thematically-focused units arranged in broadly chronological order. In each unit, we will consider a different body of artworks, monuments, and material cultural objects of major significance within the South Asian tradition and will use them as a means of understanding the historical development of Indian society, religion, and politics. The four units of the course examine the early historic interaction between Vedic Aryan and Dravidian cultures and the resulting emergence of a distinct south Asian tradition; the development of narrative and iconic sculpture and its purposes within the context of the Buddhist cult of relics; the relationship between architecture and community in the Buddhist cave-monasteries of the western Deccan (focusing in particular on ritual and patronage); and the theology, iconography, and politics of the Hindu image and temple cult.

Essential Capabilities: Intercultural Literacy, Interpretation
Intercultural literacy: Introduction to cultural values and practices of ancient and medieval South Asia. Interpretation: Introduction to a range of different approaches to historical interpretation of Indian art, architecture, culture and society.
Credit: 1 Gen Ed Area Dept: HA ART
Course Format: Lecture / DiscussionGrading Mode: Graded
Level: UGRD Prerequisites: None
Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (ARCP-MN)(ARCP)(ARHA-MN)(ARHA)(ARST)(CEAS-MN)(GSAS)

Last Updated on MAY-20-2024
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