Spring 2020

Images and Icons—Exploring Devotional Art

Listed in: Art and the History of Art, as ARHA-325  |  Asian Languages and Civilizations, as ASLC-325


Samuel C. Morse (Section 01)


(Offered as ARHA 325 and ASLC 325) An examination of the construction, use, and interpretation of images and icons. The primary focus will be on images and icons in the Buddhist and Hindu faiths; however, the class will also make comparisons with those in Christianity and the religions of Africa and New Guinea. Some of the topics to be covered will include the relationship between icons and deities, the authentication and animation of images, the connections between icons and political authority, the ritual use of images, and aniconism and iconoclasm. The class is designed to focus on art historical writing.

Limited to 18 students to facilitate class discussion. Spring semester. Prof. Morse.

If Overenrolled: If overenrolled, priority will be given to majors in ARHA and ASLC


2022-23: Not offered
Other years: Offered in Spring 2020