Section Information for Fall 2014
From its cultural origins in the ancient civilization along the Indus River to the present, the complex culture of South Asia has given rise to some of the world’s most remarkable artistic creations. This course will examine the various periods and styles of Indian art from the earliest archaeological evidence to the onset of colonialism. The lectures and discussions will examine the various artistic traditions and historical changes within the Indian subcontinent by tracing their changes over time. A goal of the course will be to understand the cultural, political and religious factors that gave rise to the creation of these works. Special emphasis will be given to the role of art in securing political and religious systems as well as on the role of trade in the exchange of ideas. The course will require a museum visit.
Satisfies the general education requirement in global understanding.