REL 272
Art of the Noble Path: Buddhist Material Culture Across Asia Spring 2019
Division II
Cross-listed REL 272 / ARTH 272 / ASST 272
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Buddhism has spread throughout Asia and beyond since its emergence in India in the 5th century BCE, providing a shared philosophical and cosmological framework for diverse cultures. Artistic expression, regional politics and cultural landscapes have been shaped by its remarkable influence. With patrons ranging from powerful monarchs and monks to merchants and tradespeople, Buddhist art has historically reflected the religion’s social inclusivity. This course will survey the architecture, painting and material culture of Buddhism in Asia, tracing its influence in diverse media, from rock-cut architecture to Zen painting. A close reading of primary texts, such as architectural inscriptions in India, manuscripts from Tibet, and travelogues of Chinese pilgrims, will provide greater context for the artworks.
The Class: Format: lecture
Limit: 25
Expected: 25
Class#: 3988
Grading: yes pass/fail option, yes fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: 3 fifteen-minute quizzes, 1 three to five-page paper, 1 eight to ten-page paper, a midterm, and a final exam
Prerequisites: none
Enrollment Preferences: none
Distributions: Division II
Notes: This course is cross-listed and the prefixes carry the following divisional credit:
REL 272 Division II ARTH 272 Division I ASST 272 Division I

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