Chinese Art History

1.Course Description

Art forms (including calligraphy, painting, architecture, bronze, porcelain) and art ideas in China have evolved in a way that is markedly different from those in the West. Why? This course approaches this question by unraveling the particular political, economic, and cultural incentives behind artistic innovations in China. It presents, in chronological order, ritual bronzes of the Shang and Western Zhou dynasties, funeral art of the Qin and Han Dynasties, Buddhist art of the Northern and Southern dyansties, landscape paintings of the Song and Yuan dynasties, ceramics of the Song Dynasty, and gardens and architecture of the Ming and Qing dynasties, in their proper socio-political contexts. Familiarity with Chinese is not required but is helpful.

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