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Fall 2017
Mar 20, 2018
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ARTH 171 - Buddhist Art
This course will survey the Buddhist art and architecture of Asia through selected case studies of 
artworks and sites in South Asia, Southeast Asia, and East Asia. Among the topics to be studied 
include: representations of the historical Buddha’s life, rock-cut architecture, monastic 
complexes, painted mandalas, Zen portraits, as well as the roles played by patronage, pilgrimage, 
and ritual. Our focus upon the Buddhist art and architecture of Asia will allow us to think 
through not only the historical development of the religion and its visual and architectural forms, 
but also issues of cross-cultural transmission. In the process, students will gain familiarity not 
only with the religious and historical context of the artworks and sites and with the basic 
iconography of Buddhist deities, but also with methods of visual analysis that form the basis of 
art historical methodology. No prior knowledge of Asian art or religions is required or assumed. 
*for ARTH majors, fulfills the Non-European distribution requirement 
**for ARTH minors, fulfills the pre-1600 distribution requirement 

3.000 Credit hours
3.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture

Art & Art History Department

Course Attributes:
SFS/ HALC (Inactive as of F14), SFS/CULP Humanities, SFS/RCST Asia, College/Human. & Writing II, HALC - Hum, Art, Lit, Cul

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