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Gianna Carotenuto
ART H 214
Seattle Campus

Art of India: Mohenjo-Daro to the Mughals

Surveys the material culture and artistic production of South Asia, which includes the present-day nation states of India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Nepal, and Sri Lanka, from antiquity until the early modern period.

Class description

Diversity and continuity are themes that run through the history of the Indian subcontinent, whose distinct geographic, ethnic, linguistic, religious and cultural traditions allow for a multiplicity of interpretations. This course considers the history of sculpture, architecture, painting and photography of South Asia (Indian subcontinent) from the ancient to the contemporary periods (2nd c. B.C. to 21st. C.E.) and a few key monuments in Southeast Asia. The material is arranged chronologically, to some extent, though emphasis is placed on larger issues and problems that re-occur across delineations of time.

Student learning goals

The student will learn to identify works of art, analyze and evaluate artistic qualities and aesthetic relationships.

determine overlapping cultural spheres of influence.

read critically, question existing theories.

explore how history has been written and its effect on our understanding of other cultures.

investigate the role and impact of politics, economics, societal practices upon the art production of South and Southeast Asia.

General method of instruction

Lecture, group discussions, individual projects

Recommended preparation

Western Art Historical Survey is a plus

Class assignments and grading

Individual project 15% Midterm exam 25% Research paper 30% Final exam 30%

Grading rubric to be posted on catalyst.


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Gianna Carotenuto
Date: 11/21/2011