Art and Architecture of Japan
Survey of Japanese art and architecture from earliest times through the early nineteenth century. Introduction to paradigmatic monuments, with a focus on programmatic multimedia ensembles as found at Buddhist temples, Shinto shrines, Zen monastic enclaves, military installations and castles, vernacular living spaces, and public institutions of governance.
Practices of Japanese Painting and Printmaking
Introduction to the Japanese painting and print traditions that inform Western modernism. Definition of specific formats, approaches, styles, and transitions. Paintings and prints as artifacts and as imaginative spaces in which social and cultural meanings unfold and can be analyzed in comparative perspective.
Study of Buddhist mandalas, objects such as paintings, relief sculptures, sand works, engravings on stone, and textiles that represent graphically what is written in scripture. Examination of Indian, Japanese, and Tibetan mandalas and the texts on which they are based. Focus on the intersection of text and image in the material or visual representation of Buddhist discourse.
The Visual Cultures of Japan's Samurai 1500–1700
Exploration of arts patronage and practices under the shoguns of the Momoyama and Edo periods, with special attention to the culture of display from armor to castles. The visual and material culture of Japan’s samurai and its significance in the early modern context.
Momoyama Art in World Perspective
Exploration of art practices in the time of Nobunaga and Hideyoshi, with emphasis on cross-cultural entanglements in the sixteenth century and the optics of the bizarre at the threshold of the early modern world. Coverage includes castle architecture and decoration, the intersection of European and Japanese pictorial modes and painting practices, Christian art in Japan, the tea ceremony and wabi taste, genre painting such as map screens and city views, and the oceanic motif in visual cultures of the early modern period.