Chinese Art

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The course is a survey of the major epochs of Chinese art from pre-historic times to the modern period. The course intends to familiarize students with the important artistic traditions developed in China: ceramics, bronzes, funerary art and ritual, Buddhist art, painting, and garden architecture. It seeks to understand artistic form in relation to technology, political and religious beliefs, and social and historical contexts, with focus on the role of the state or individuals as patrons of the arts. It also introduces the major philosophic and religious traditions—Confucianism, Daoism, and Buddhism—that have shaped cultural and aesthetic ideals, Chinese art theories, and the writings of leading scholars.

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