HISTART 243 - Introduction to South Asian Art
Section: 001 Home and the World
Term: FA 2017
Subject: History of Art (HISTART)
Department: LSA History of Art
Requirements & Distribution:
May not be repeated for credit.
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Studying the visual arts of South Asia constitutes a gateway toward understanding the entirety of the intellectual and cultural heritage of humanity, from antiquity to the present day. The assemblages of objects and images produced and used in South Asia — Buddhist stupas, sprawling temple-cities, embroidered textiles, Mughal paintings, Satyajit Ray films and much else — represent more than the inheritance of South Asia, home to a fifth of the world’s population. In addition to introducing these objects and images, this survey course will also explicate how they are equally the heritage of many other cultures because many of them have emerged from encounters with other mediums and with other civilizations, which, in turn, have been reflected, reshaped, and reformed by the art of subcontinent. This course includes field trips to art and archaeology museums and rare book libraries in the Ann Arbor area.

HISTART Category for Concentration Distributions: C. Asia, D. Europe and the US, 1. Ancient, 4. Modern and Contemporary


  • Vidya Dehejia, Indian Art (London: Phaidon, 1997 and frequently reprinted since then).
  • All other readings will be made available on Canvas.

Class Format:

Interactive lectures delivered by the professor, with occasional student led discussions moderated by the professor.

HISTART 243 - Introduction to South Asian Art
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001 (LEC)
TuTh 10:00AM - 11:30AM
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