ARTH 270(F) Japanese Art and Culture (Same as Japanese 270)*
This class will focus upon the history of Japanese art from its prehistoric beginnings up through Japan's pre-modern period (the 19th c.). We will study painting, sculpture, architecture, woodblock prints, and other decorative arts both chronologically and thematically. Special attention will be paid to the developments in artistic style and subject matter in the contexts of contemporary cultural phenomena. Through visual analysis students learn the aesthetic, religious, and political ideals and cultural meanings conveyed in the works of art. Format: lecture. Evaluation will be based on 5 quizzes, 3 short essays, and class attendance. No prerequisites. Enrollment limit: 40.