ASIAN & INDIAN ART
Asian art is often applied to any artwork made in Burma, China, India, Iran, Japan, Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia, Korea, Tibet, Turkey, Laos and Azerbaijan. It's influence is as wide as its subject matter and style.
One of the oldest art forms in the world is ancient Chinese art. Knowledge of ancient Chinese art is limited largely to works in pottery, bronze, bone, and jade. Some of the most amazing examples of art were created during the Shang dynasty (c.1750–1045 BC), and were called ritual bronzes.
Buddhism came about in the 1st cent. AD and introduced art of a different form. Works of sculpture, painting, and architecture with a religious basis were created. Sculptures that represented Buddha and the bodhisattvas as well as attendant figures were the most popular. These figures came to China from India by way of central Asia.
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The mandala, a representation of the universe used in meditation, is emblematic of early Buddhist art. In recent years, the mandala has become even more prominent in today's art as a way to reduce stress and calm ones inner self from the hustle and bustle of today's world.
CHARACTERISTICS & INFLUENCES
Below is some basic information on Asian and Indian Art and its characteristics and influences. If you would like to print off a copy of this page along with samples of art from this period, you can download the Asian-Indian Summary above.
Many pieces of Indian Art, like this piece created in 1589 by artist Mirza Farrukh Baig, depicted activities of the Emperor. Artist were hired by the royal court to capture their lives, like a pictorial journal.
More commonly known as “The Great Wave, it is a woodblock print by Japanese ukiyo-e artist Hokusai. It is his most famous work and one of the most recognizable pieces of Japanese art in the world.
Court Ladies of the Former Shu by Tang Yin, is from the Ming Dynasty, 16th century. It is a hanging scroll, colors on silk piece.
Was a way to share the meaning of life
Art enhanced the natural beauty of materials used
Art was simplistic, calm/serene and usually had a religious theme
Characteristics and/or Types of Art:
Buildings such as Taj Mahal
Religion: Buddhism and Hinduism
Invasions by foreigners
The Great Wave off Kanagawa By After Katsushika Hokusai: Restored version of File:Great Wave off Kanagawa.jpg (rotated and cropped, dirt, stains, and smudges removed. Creases corrected. Histogram adjusted and color balanced.), Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=5576388
Babur Beg Receives a Courtier, 1589, by Mirza Farrukh Baig By Farrukh Beg - Freer Sackler Gallery S1986.230, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=8711570
Tang Yin: Court Ladies of the Former Shu: