ART H 311
Introduces the role of painting in the history of Imperial China from the fourth to the seventeenth century. Topics for reading and discussion include political forces, regional geography, social structure, gender, traditional philosophies, and religious and spiritual influences.
We will spend the first six weeks on Chinese painting and calligraphy from the fourth century to the seventeenth century. Then we will change the subject to Buddhist art from the fourth century to the eighth century. This order will allow you to start working early on the paper assignment.
Student learning goals
Understand artists' visual thinking.
Grasp major development of Chinese painting and Buddhist art.
Develop skills of writing analytical descriptions.
General method of instruction
No background in art history or Chinese history is assumed.
Class assignments and grading
Weekly readings (about 50 pages, mostly on Catalyst) and one short paper (4-6 pages) on a painting.
Class participation 20%, midterm 20%, final 40%, and a short paper 20&.