Ch 25: Asian Art

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Watch our video lessons and read our text lessons on Asian art. The quizzes that follow each lesson are designed to test you on your knowledge of the related concepts.

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

VideoObjective
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.

14 Lessons in Chapter 25: Asian Art
Test your knowledge with a 30-question chapter practice test
Prehistoric Asian Art

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.

Asian Art, Religion & Philosophy

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.

The Origins of Hinduism: the Indus River Valley & the Harappa Culture

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.

Gautama Buddha: The Founding of Buddhism

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.

The Founding of Confucianism: Overview & Influence

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.

The Origins of Taoism: History, the Uncarved Block & Tao-Te Ching

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.

Jainism & Sikhism: Characteristics & Development

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.

Artistic & Architectural Traditions of Asia

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.

The Influence of Art from West & Central Asia

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.

Buddhism, Islam & the Arts of West & Central 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.

Mohammed and the Birth of Islam

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.

Five Pillars of the Islamic Faith: Overview, the Quran & Sharia Law

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.

Figural Art in West & Central Asia

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.

Artistic Accomplishments of West & 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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