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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
- Detail how religion, politics and philosophy impacted Asian art
- Describe the architectural patterns that were present in Asia
- Discuss the characteristics of Jainism and Sikhism
- Outline the influence of art from west and central Asia
- Identify how Buddhism and Islam impacted the art of west and central Asia
- Analyze figural art and artistic accomplishments of west and central Asia
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. 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.
4. 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.
5. 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.
6. 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.
7. 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.
8. 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
- Ancient Egyptian Art
- Ancient Near East Art
- Ancient Greek Art
- Ancient Roman Art
- Early Christian Art
- Art of the Byzantine Empire
- Medieval Art
- Romanesque Style of Art
- Gothic Art
- Fifteenth-Century Art
- Sixteenth-Century Art
- Art of the Baroque Period
- Rococo Art
- Neoclassical Art
- Art of the Romantic Period
- Impressionist Art
- Post-Impressionism in Art
- Early Twentieth-Century Art
- Postwar to Postmodern Art
- Global Contemporary Art
- Art of the Pacific
- Art of Indigenous Americas
- African Art
- AP Art History Flashcards