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ARTH 4214 Art of the Silk Road (Fall: 3 )

Course Description

This research seminar investigates the material culture of the "Silk Road," a vast network of trade routes that stretched overland from China across Central Asia to the Mediterranean. By considering a diverse range of visual objects—including textiles, porcelains, grave goods, Buddhist cave paintings, mosques, and ruined cities—we will think critically about the term "Silk Road": is it a real territory, for instance, or just a romantic Western image? Readings will delve into the role of art in trade, travel, and religion, as we explore the spread of ideas across space and over time. Students will also deepen their knowledge about one aspect of Silk Road art through a substantial research project.

Instructor(s): Aurelia Campbell
Sheila Blair

Prerequisites: None

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Last Updated: 24-Jun-17