ANS 372 • Chinese Art
1:00 PM-2:00 PM
This course provides a concise and comprehensive picture of the history of visual and material culture produced in the regions recognized as Chinese at different times from the ancient to the modern period. The course will examine important works and artifacts of various types, including painting, calligraphy, sculpture and architecture. The course will trace the development of iconography across media and contextualize it by emphasizing its historical background and cultural significance. In addition, this course will broaden the perspective of such visual and cultural production by situating them in cross-cultural and transregional contexts, such as the transmission of Buddhism and the Silk Road trade routes across central Asia. The goal of this course is to give students the tools and essential knowledge to initiate their critical appreciation for what is now called Chinese art.
Robert Thorp, Chinese Art and Culture. (New York, 2001)