ARTH 2624 Arts of China
A survey of major trends in the arts of China from the Neolithic period to the early Modern era, with focus on important monuments and objects within cultural contexts. Aesthetic issues will be related to contemporaneous developments in philosophy, religion, government, society, and culture. Lectures, readings, and discussions will help students acquire some understanding of technological and stylistic developments as well as aesthetic, theoretical, and cultural issues. III A or IV
ARTH 2644 Arts of Japan
A survey of major trends in the arts of Japan from the prehistoric time to the nineteenth century. The course examines important monuments and objects within broader contexts of Japanese history and culture. Monuments associated with Shinto and Buddhist beliefs will be studied as well as works created in response to more secular interests. Special attention will be given to the relationship between Japanese art and that of continental Asia. III A or IV.
ARTH 2664 Chinese Calligraphy: History and Practice
An introductory survey of history and art of Chinese calligraphy from the Shang through the Qing dynasties. This course will focus on the development of major artistic traditions and examine important artists and their works within the broader context of Chinese history. Through lectures, readings, class discussions and studio practices, students will learn the aesthetic values of Chinese calligraphy as well as the fundamental brush and ink techniques. Attention will be given to the importance of calligraphy to Chinese culture. III A or IV.
ARTH 3624 Buddhist Art of Asia
Focusing on the visual arts of India, China, and Japan, this course is a study of the major Buddhist traditions in Asia. Particular attention will be given to Buddhist iconography and the role of the visual arts in Buddhist religious practice and society. Students will also explore the exchanges and influences exerted by Buddhism throughout Asia and examine the distinctive religious expressions within each region. Prerequisite: ARTH 1604, 2624, 2644, or permission of instructor. IV
ARTH 3644 Modern Chinese Art
Explores the major trends in the arts of China from the late Qing (mid-19th century) to the Cultural Revolution period (1966-1976). Lectures and class discussions will examine art works in different media and center on the ways in which Chinese artists have defined modernity and tradition against the complex background of China's history. Special attention will be given to the political factors behind the making of works of art, as well as cross-cultural communication in twentieth-century China. Prerequisite: ARTH 1604, 2624, or permission of instructor. IV