Fall 2019

Art and Architecture of South Asia

Listed in: Architectural Studies, as ARCH-154  |  Art and the History of Art, as ARHA-154  |  Asian Languages and Civilizations, as ASLC-154


Yael R. Rice (Section 01)


(Offered as ARHA 154, ARCH 154, and ASLC 154) This introductory course surveys the architecture, painting, sculpture, textiles, decorative arts, and photography of South Asia (India, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Nepal, Bhutan, Pakistan, and Afghanistan), from 2300 B.C., touching on the present. It considers the role of tradition in the broader history of art in India, but does not see India as "traditional" or unchanging. The Indian sub-continent is the source for multi-cultural civilizations that have lasted and evolved for several thousand years. Its art is as rich and complex as that of Europe, and as diverse. This course attempts to introduce the full range of artistic production in India in relation to the multiple strands that have made the cultural fabric of the sub-continent so rich and long-lasting. Films, musical recordings, and museum field-trips will supplement assigned readings and lectures. No previous background is presumed, and all readings will be available in English.

Limited to 25 students. Fall semester. Professor Rice.

If Overenrolled: Preference given to ARHA and ASLC students.


Attention to Issues of Race, Attention to Writing, Fine Arts for Non-majors, Transnational or World Cultures Taught in English


2020-21: Not offered
Other years: Offered in Spring 2016, Spring 2017, Spring 2018, Fall 2019, Spring 2022