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November 07 - December 05
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Tue 2-4pm (5 sessions)
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Daoism and the Arts of Asia • AHAR173W03
From the elaborate internal visualizations of its priests to the spectacular color paintings of its ritual arenas, the Daoist tradition offers a wealth of visual materials for students of art history. This lecture series explores the art and visual culture of Daoism in five thematic installments. Each class features an array of topics, including portrayals of the Daoist pantheon, sacred calligraphy and talismanic writing, paintings of Daoist hell realms, pictorial traditions of the Eight Immortals, burial art, the influence of Buddhist art, early Daoist sculpture, and the intimate relationship between Daoism and landscape painting in China. The course takes a reverse chronological approach, beginning with contemporary ritual art, and concluding with the earliest Daoist sculptures, dating from the fifth and sixth centuries.
Week 1: An Introduction to Daoism and its Visual Culture
Week 2: Representations of the Daoist Pantheon
Week 3: Visions of Wandering Immortals
Week 4: Daoism and Landscape Painting
Week 5: Early Daoist and Proto-Daoist Art
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