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Fall 2021
Oct 22, 2021
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HARC 0347 - Aesthetics of Asian Art
*The Aesthetics of Asian Art: Is Beauty in the Eye of the Beholder?* In this course we will consider select Asian (Indian, Chinese, Japanese) and Islamic artworks in the Middlebury College Museum of Art’s permanent collection to explore the fundamental question: “Is beauty in the eye of the beholder?” Are standards in beauty universal, or are they always relative? We will ask how the act of beholding is entwined with cultural assumptions and conditioning and will address those assumptions through an intensive combination of close looking, critical analysis, and comparative consideration of a diverse range of artworks and aesthetic traditions. Comparisons will be made with select works of Western art in the museum. (not open to students who have taken HARC 0102) 3 hrs. lect./disc
0.000 OR 1.000 Credit hours
0.000 OR 1.000 Lecture hours
0.000 OR 1.000 Lab hours
0.000 TO 2.000 Other hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Discussion, Lecture

Humanities Division
History of Art & Architecture Department

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