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Asian Art - Chapter Summary and Learning Objectives
Understanding what makes Asian art unique and different from art in other areas of the world is important to know in art history. When you work through the lessons in this chapter, you will have a much better understanding of the type of art that was seen in different areas of Asia. By the end of the chapter, you should be able to do the following:
- Explain details about prehistoric Asian art
- Understand how religion impacted art
- Describe the architectural patterns that were present in Asia
- Explain how politics had an influence on the art that was made in Asia
|Prehistoric Asian Art||Examine how art in this area of the world represents some of the world's oldest art.|
|Asian Art, Religion & Philosophy||Explore how the art is influenced by the regions beliefs and practices of religion.|
|The Origins of Hinduism: the Indus River Valley & the Harappa Culture||Understand the details of Hinduism.|
|Gautama Buddha: The Founding of Buddhism||Study the founding principles of Buddhism.|
|The Founding of Confucianism: Overview & Influence||Analyze the influences of Confucianism.|
|The Origins of Taoism: History, the Uncarved Black & Tao-Te Ching||Review Taoism and its influence.|
|Jainism & Sikhism: Characteristics & Development||Describe the differences between Jainism and Sikhism.|
|Artistic & Architectural Traditions of Asia||Take a look at how art influenced architecture in Asia.|
|How Trade & Politics Influenced Asian Art||Examine how Asian art had a global influence.|
|The Influence of Art from West & Central Asia||Recall how the arts in specific areas of Asia influenced world art.|
|Buddhism, Islam & the Arts of West & Central Asia||Explore how Buddhism and Islam impacted religious arts.|
|Mohammed and the Birth of Islam||Analyze who Mohammed is and the beginnings of the religion of Islam.|
|Five Pillars of the Islamic Faith: Overview, the Quran & Sharia Law||Comprehend the details of the Islamic religion.|
|Figural Art in West & Central Asia||Discover how figural art in Asia was influenced by traditions.|
|Artistic Accomplishments of West & Central Asia||Detail the accomplishments that artists in Asia excelled in.|
1. Prehistoric Asian Art
Asia has an ancient artistic tradition, dating back millennia. In this lesson we will discuss some of Asia's oldest art forms and consider the lives of prehistoric artists.
2. Asian Art, Religion & Philosophy
Asia is noted for its distinct historic worldview and cultural traditions. In this lesson, we will focus on East Asia as a case study for examining some of these traditions in art, religion, and philosophy to see how all of these ideas are interconnected.
3. The Origins of Hinduism: the Indus River Valley & the Harappa Culture
This lesson will seek to explain the origins of Hinduism. Highlighting the Harappa culture and the Vedic period, it will also explore the Hindu beliefs in Moksha and Brahman.
4. Gautama Buddha: The Founding of Buddhism
This lesson will explore the founding of Buddhism and the life of Siddhartha Gautama. It will also highlight nirvana, asceticism, the concept of a bodhisattva, and the Bodhi tree.
5. The Founding of Confucianism: Overview & Influence
This lesson will explain the origins of Confucianism by highlighting the life and times of Master Kung, known today as Confucius. In doing so, it will focus on feudalism in China as well as the principle of jen.
6. The Origins of Taoism: History, the Uncarved Block & Tao-Te Ching
This lesson will seek to explain the rather nebulous founding of Taoism. In doing so, it will explore the concepts of the Tao and the Pu, while also highlighting the role Lao-tzu played in the formation of this ancient Eastern philosophy.
7. Jainism & Sikhism: Characteristics & Development
Jainism and Sikhism are often misunderstood religions common to India. Although similar in beliefs, there are very surprising differences between the two religions.
8. Artistic & Architectural Traditions of Asia
Asian art and architecture are considered some of the most beautiful examples of cultural and religious fusion in the history of the world. As in most cultures, Asian art and architecture have been strongly influenced by religion, especially Hinduism and Buddhism. Additionally, art and architecture in Asia have been marked deeply by trade with other cultures.
9. The Influence of Art from West & Central Asia
Travel on the ancient Silk Road. In this lesson, explore the historical cultures of West and Central Asia and their art. Also, learn about the cultural and artistic exchanges and influences between these two regions, Europe, and other parts of Asia.
10. Buddhism, Islam & the Arts of West & Central Asia
In this lesson, examine the influence of religion in the arts of West and Central Asia. Learn about some of the main characteristics of Islamic and Buddhist art from those regions and discover how religious changes have affected their appreciation.
11. Mohammed and the Birth of Islam
Out of the deserts of Arabia would come a man who would change the world. He was Mohammed, founder of the religion of Islam, and this lesson serves as a brief summary of his life and the founding of the religion of Islam.
12. Five Pillars of the Islamic Faith: Overview, the Quran & Sharia Law
The Five Pillars of Islam are the foundation of the world's second largest faith. They are characterized by a simplicity that encourages peaceful cooperation between people, which is one reason for the religion's widespread devotion. This lesson will detail each of the five and show how they relate to the daily lives of practicing Muslims.
13. Figural Art in West & Central Asia
Have you ever stood before a towering golden Buddha? Or seen the delicate images in an illustrated manuscript from ancient Istanbul? Both portray human figures but in very different ways. In this lesson, we'll explore more about the figural art of West and Central Asia.
14. Artistic Accomplishments of West & Central Asia
Did you know that many centuries ago, artists in Iran and Turkey made pioneering advancements in ceramics and metalwork? They also made brilliantly colored textiles. In this lesson, we'll explore some of the artistic accomplishments of West and Central Asia.
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Other chapters within the AP Art History: Exam Prep course
- Introduction to Art
- Prehistoric Art
- The Art of Ancient Egypt
- The Art of the Ancient Near East
- The Art of Ancient Greece
- Ancient Roman Art
- Early Christian Art
- Byzantine Art
- Medieval Art
- Romanesque Art
- Gothic Art
- Fifteenth-Century Italian Art
- Fifteenth-Century Art of Northern Europe & Spain
- Sixteenth-Century Italian Art
- Sixteenth-Century Art of Northern Europe & Spain
- Baroque Art
- Rococo Art
- Neoclassical Art
- Romanticism in Art
- Impressionist Art
- Post-Impressionist Art
- Art of the Early Twentieth Century
- Postwar to Postmodern Art
- Contemporary Art
- Art of the Pacific
- Art of Indigenous Americas
- African Art
- AP Art History Flashcards