Department of Religious Studies

Janice Leoshko

Ph.D., Ohio State University

Associate Professor, Department of Art & Art History



religious art in South and Southeast Asia | Indian Buddhist art | Jain art


Dr. Janice Leoshko is an Associate Professor in the Department of Art and Art History and Associate Director of the Center for Asian Studies at The University of Texas at Austin. Before joining U.T. in 1993, she was the Associate Curator of Indian and Southeast Asian art at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Her publications include various articles on Indian sculpture as well as a chapter for "Romance of the Taj Mahal, "the volume that accompanied a major exhibition for which she was co-curator. She has been a member of the College Board's Art History AP committee for the last two years.


R S 341 • Buddhist Art

43145 • Spring 2015
Meets MWF 200pm-300pm DFA 2.204
(also listed as ANS 372)

This course will consider Buddhist art throughout the world, but the primary emphasis is upon South Asia. We will look at early traditions that emerged in India, including pilgrimage to sites associated with the Buddha's life such as Bodhgaya and Sarnath, and at particular issues that have emerged in the study of Buddhist art The class focus upon how Indian Buddhist art shaped the devotion of Buddhist practioners allows students to examine ways in which these artistic traditions were transformed as the religion spread to other parts of Asia. Sites outside of India that may be discussed include Borobudur in Indonesia, Dunhuang in China, Sokkuram in Korea, Kyoto in Japan and Lhasa in Tibet.


The textbook for the class is available for purchase at UT COOP: Denise Leidy, The Art of Buddhism, An Introduction to Its History and Meaning, 2008 (A copy will also be on reserve in the Fine Arts Library.) In addition, there are alsoarticles that students are expected to read which will be available on Blackboard.

Grades are based on the following (each worth 25%Exam IExam IIParticipation (including class debate)Short paper; analysis/discussion of article (list provided later)

R S 341 • Tibetan Art

44195 • Fall 2013
Meets TTH 500pm-630pm DFA 2.204
(also listed as ANS 372)

This course will consider Tibetan art and the ways in which it has been studied andexhibited. We will look at practices that first emerged in India in order to understand the ways in which they were further developed in the Himalayan world. We will look at subject and style in Tibetan art and consider how they are significant for shaping Tibetan culture and society. We will also focus on specific monastic sites to consider what is significant about their form and organization. And of course we will consider the function and meaning of Tibetan art and architecture when they were created and now.



3 exams worth 20% eachpresentations & writing assignments: 30%participation 10%



The books available for purchase at UT COOP are Kim by Rudyard Kipling, Penguin edition 2011 ed. By Harish Trevedi (this edition only please); Tibetan Art, Tracing the Development of Spiritual Ideals by Amy Heller, Jaca Books, 1999 and Early Himalayan Art by Amy Heller, Ashmolean Museum, 2008 The library will have copies on reserve as well as a copy of the course reader with articles to be read for this class. Topics to be covered are given in course schedule which also lists readings and dates for exams, etc.

R S 341 • Buddhist Art

44245 • Spring 2011
Meets TTH 500pm-630pm DFA 2.204
(also listed as ANS 372)

This course looks at Buddhist art and the ways in which it shaped devotional activity as well as how it reflected significant aspects of the Buddhist doctrine.   While the focus of the class will be upon its origin and development in India, we will also consider developments elsewhere  in Asia.  Major questions that will frame this examination  is how Buddhist art changed over time and why.

Grading:  2 exam, 2 short papers and a presentation

Texts: TBA

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