Arts of China


This course is intended as an introduction to the history of Chinese art, offering a survey of major artistic developments from neolithic times to the present. Among the topics considered are ritual bronzes, funerary remains of the Qin and Han, Buddhist sculpture, the evolution of landscape painting, the relationship between China and the West, and trends in Chinese contemporary art. Important issues discussed include production and patronage, function, and borrowing, and influence in the evolution of artistic works across time and space. Offered annually. Also counts toward Asian studies and Chinese majors and Asian studies concentration.

Image Credit: Unknown. Food serving vessel (dui). c. 4th century BCE. Bronze with silver inlay. Metropolitan Museum of Art.

  • Date: February 1, 2021
  • Categories: Art HistoryAsian Studies
  • Institution St. Olaf College
  • Course Code ART259
  • Semester Fall 2022, Spring 2021, Fall 2019