Buddhist Temple Art of China|
Fall 2016 not offered
Buddhism was one of the most important sources of artistic inspiration in China. From the religion's early introduction to the northwestern regions of China in the third century CE, cave-chapels and temples were constructed and their walls were painted with images of Buddhist deities and paradise scenes as visual aids in ritual practices. Statues and sculptures in all sorts of media were also made as objects of veneration in temple halls. As Buddhism was assimilated into Chinese culture, Buddhist art began to manifest traditional Chinese belief systems, visual preferences, and even moral teachings. Focusing on major cave sites and temple compounds, this course examines the development of artistic programs and styles at different stages of Buddhism's absorption into the religious life and material culture in China.
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|Course Format: Lecture / Discussion||Grading Mode: Graded|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (CEAS-MN)
Michael Sullivan. THE ARTS OF CHINA. Fifth Edition. Berkeley: University of California Press, 2008.
Robert E. Fisher. BUDDHIST ART AND ARCHITECTURE. London; New York: Thames and Hudson, 1993.
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Two three-page papers (30%), one final 5-7 page paper (20%), one quiz (20%) and final exam (30%).
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