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ART_HIST_240: Introduction to Asian Art (Sharma): Course Description

Subject Specialist

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Cara List
Art Collection
Deering Library, 3rd Floor
Northwestern University Library
1970 Campus Dr.
Evanston, IL 60208

Library Assistant

Perry Nigro

Drop-in Office Hours:

Monday 1-2PM at Kresge Cafe
Wednesday 2-3PM at Kresge Cafe


Course Description

This survey serves as a first introduction to artistic practices of Asia spanning the ancient, medieval and modern/contemporary periods. In this course we will investigate key examples of art and architecture from India, China and Japan focusing on a selection of artistic traditions, styles, built environments (archaeological sites and monuments) and media (prints, painting, sculpture, decorative arts, photography). Course materials will take up a thematic as well as object/site-oriented case-study based approach, drawing upon the role of religion, cultural interactions, trade and entanglements of art with imperialism, colonialism, modernization and war and current issues around museum display and exhibitions. The survey is aimed at developing skills of visual literacy, analysis and awareness of art-historical debates and will provide opportunities to engage with close reading of objects and their larger historical, cultural and scholarly contexts


Utagawa Hiroshige

21.6 x 34cm
Clarence Buckingham Collection, Art Institute of Chicago