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Undergraduate Degree Programs

Art History (ART H)

ART H 120 (GA;IL) Asian Art and Architecture (3) A selective overview of the art and architecture of India, Southeast Asia, China, Korea, and Japan.

ART H 120 Asian Art and Architecture (3)
(GA;IL)

(BA) This course meets the Bachelor of Arts degree requirements.

Art History 120 provides an introduction to the art and architecture of Asia, with an emphasis upon south, southeast, and east Asia. Selected monuments from these regions will be considered within their original cultural and historical context. Particular emphasis will be placed on the art associated with Hinduism and Buddhism. The course begins with India, from the early Indus Valley Civilization up through the Taj Mahal. Angkor Wat and other developments in southeast Asia are examined. Selected themes in Chinese art and architecture are explored from the early Bronze Age up through the Forbidden City in Beijing. The unique contribution of Korean art is included. The course concludes with a discussion of Japanese art and architecture, from early Shinto shrines to Japanese prints, gardens, and the tea ceremony. The course is designed to meet two principal goals. The first is to develop skills of visual analysis and a critical vocabulary for discussing the media, technologies, styles, and iconographies of various Asian artistic traditions. The second is to foster an understanding of art--and visual culture in general-according to social, economic, political, and religious contexts. Key topics include: patronage, issues of reception and aesthetics, the function of visual imagery in religious practices, the ritual use of objects, the organization and use of sacred space, depictions of gender, and relationships between the art of various regions and cultures. Requirements include essay exams and a paper. As a general education course, this class provides an introduction to Asian art for students of any major. The course has no prerequisites, and presumes no prior exposure to art history. Art History majors will learn vocabulary, methodology, and theory that is not only basic to the field, but which will also broaden their knowledge of the discipline as a whole.


General Education: GA
Diversity: IL
Bachelor of Arts: Other Cultures and Arts
Effective: Summer 2005

Note : Class size, frequency of offering, and evaluation methods will vary by location and instructor. For these details check the specific course syllabus.