Art/Architecture-S. Asia

Subject Name: 
Art & the History of Art
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Amherst College

(Offered as ARHA 154, ARCH 154, and ASLC 154)  This introductory course surveys the architecture, painting, sculpture, textiles, decorative arts, and photography of South Asia (India, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Nepal, Bhutan, Pakistan, and Afghanistan), from 2300 B.C., touching on the present. It considers the role of tradition in the broader history of art in India, but does not see India as "traditional" or unchanging. The Indian sub-continent is the source for multi-cultural civilizations that have lasted and evolved for several thousand years. Its art is as rich and complex as that of Europe, and as diverse. This course attempts to introduce the full range of artistic production in India in relation to the multiple strands that have made the cultural fabric of the sub-continent so rich and long lasting. Films, musical recordings, and museum field-trips will supplement assigned readings and lectures. No previous background is presumed, and all readings will be available in English. 

Limited to 25 students. Spring semester. Professor Rice.


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Permission is required for interchange registration during the add/drop period only.
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Course Sections

Art/Architecture-S. Asia
Sect # Credits Instructor(s) Instructor Email Meeting Times Location
01 4.0 Yael Rice TTH 10:00AM-11:20AM FAYE 113