This lecture course is primarily devoted to the emergence of Buddhist art. The course will focus on the elaborately carved stupa complexes constructed and decorated between the 1st century BCE and the 5th-6th century CE across India; the many rock-cut cave monastery complexes with their rich sculpted and painted decoration in India and China, and the image of the Buddha. Consideration will also be given to the early traditions of Gandhara and Central Asia, with an examination of the early transmission of Buddhism to China.
This course is meant for MA and PhD students interested in learning about the origins of Buddhist art and architecture. Evaluation and assignments will include: active class participation, the writing of short paper(s), a class presentation related to the topic of the final paper (chosen with approval of the instructor), and a final research paper. [20 max enrollment; Auditors excluded]