Fall 2023

Sacred Images and Sacred Spaces: The Visual Culture of Religion in Japan

Listed in: Art and the History of Art, as ARHA-266  |  Asian Languages and Civilizations, as ASLC-261


Samuel C. Morse (Section 01)


(Offered as ARHA 266 and ASLC 261) This class is an interdisciplinary study of the visual culture of the Buddhist and Shintō religious traditions in Japan. It will examine in depth a number of Japan’s most important sacred places, including Ise Shrine, Tōdaiji, Daitokuji and Mount Fuji, and will also look at the way contemporary architects such as Andō Tadao and Takamatsu Shin have attempted to create new sacred places in Japan today. Particular emphasis will be placed on the ways in which the Japanese have given distinctive form to their religious beliefs through architecture, painting and sculpture, and the ways these objects have been used and continue to be used in religious ritual. Nevertheless, the class is meant to be a course on art history. Thus, social and historical details will always be grounded in close visual analyses of objects.

Fall Semester. Professor Morse.

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Students who enroll in this course will likely encounter and be expected to engage in the following intellectual skills, modes of learning, and assessment: Written work, group work, visual analysis

ARHA 266 - LEC

Section 01
M 12:00 PM - 12:50 PM FAYE 113
W 12:00 PM - 12:50 PM FAYE 113
F 12:00 PM - 12:50 PM FAYE 113


Other years: Offered in Spring 2012, Spring 2015, Fall 2023