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DD1004

 

DD1004 Introduction to the Histories of Art II

[Lectures: 26 hours; Tutorials: 19.5 Hours; Pre-requisites: DD1003; Academic Unit: 3.0]

Pre-requisite

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DD1003​

Academic Unit

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3 AU

Course Description

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Learning Objective

To introduce to the students the broad canon of Asian art history. To present to the students Asian art history within a broader socio-historical context.

Content

This is the first of two introductory modules on Asian art offered in the undergraduate programme. This course presents in critical, social and historical context he range of artefacts and works of art from China, India and Japan, including pottery, ritual vessels and figurines. Also covered are some aspects of architecture, sculpture, painting and woodblock prints. The materials covered span an extensive timeline, from c2000BC until c1500AD. The course sets out to study selected topics by examining pertinent materials in some detail. In doing so the art is placed into context with religious, philosophical and cultural issues.

Course Outline

S/N

Topic​

Lecture

Tutorial

1

Introduction; scope, materials, approaches and tasks

2

1.5

2

Early cultures, artifacts and art: pottery, bronze vessels, human and mythical sculptural representations from China, India and Japan

2

1.5

3

Foundational styles and iconographies of Buddhist sculpture and their development

2

1.5

4

Beginnings of Buddhist Art in India; architecture and sculpture; icon and narrative

2

1.5

5

The internationalisation of art; the spread of Buddhist art in Asia; Buddhist art and iconography in China and Japan.

2

1.5

6

Representations of gods and mythologies, temple and sculptural traditions in India.

2

1.5

7

The pre-eminence of landscape in Chinese painting;

2

1.5

8

The relationship between art, the idea of tradition defined by Confucianism, and aesthetic ideals prompted by Daoism and Buddhism.

2

1.5

9

Buddhist and landscape topics in Japanese painting.

2

1.5

10

New global agencies: trans-cultural curatorship and artistic diaspora

2

1.5

11

Landscape and genre topics in Japanese woodblock prints.

2

1.5

12

Continuation of woodblock prints in Japan. The erotic; representations of sexuality in India, China and Japan.

2

1.5

13

Final review

2

1.5

Learning Outcome

The students will be familiar with the key figures and dates of Asian art history and their formal and, symbolic and cultural dimensions. They will also have a familiarity with how to place Asian art in context to the local and historical circumstances of its manufacture.

Student Assessment

  1. Class Participation: 15%

  2. Continuous Assessment: 85%

Continuous assessment components may include:

  • Mid-Term Quiz

  • Mid-Term Essay

  • Group Presentation

  • Final Creative Project

Textbooks/References

  1. Sherman E Lee, A history of Far Eastern Art, Prentice Hall, New York

  2. C Sivaramamurti, The Art of India, Abrams

  3. P Mason, History of Japanese Art, Prentice Hall