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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.
Grading: yes pass/fail option,
yes fifth course option
3 ten-minute quizzes, weekly Glow responses, a midterm, and a final exam
Art History majors, Asian Studies majors, Religious Studies majors, Art Studio majors
This course is cross-listed and the prefixes carry the following divisional credit: