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ART 154 History of Buddhist Art

Faculty: Odell
Content: Exploration of the artistic traditions engendered by the Buddhist faith as it originated in India and migrated to other parts of Asia. We examine the representation of Buddhist doctrine in a variety of media, including architecture, sculpture, painting, and illustrated books. In addition, we consider European and American responses to Buddhist art in the 19th and early 20th centuries.
Prerequisites: None.
Usually offered: Annually, spring semester.
Semester credits: 4.


The Department of Art offers students an exciting learning environment in which to practice the visual arts and to study art in its historical and theoretical contexts. Our faculty work to ensure that all students graduate with the ability to think creatively and critically, both about the art they produce and the art they study. We are committed to helping students achieve the visual literacy that is essential to negotiating the world today by preparing students for careers as visual artists; for work in galleries, museums, and arts administration; and for a life enriched by the visual arts.