Art of the Noble Path: Buddhist Material Culture Across Asia
Cross-listed as ARTH272 / REL272 / ASST272
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: Type: lecture
Requirements/Evaluation: 3 fifteen-minute quizzes, 1 three to five-page paper, 1 eight to ten-page paper, a midterm, and a final exam
Enrollment Preference: none
Distributions: Division II;
Distribution Notes: meets Division 1 requirement if registration is under ARTH or ASST; meets Division 2 requirement if registration is under REL