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Tuesdays, January 23 – February 13, 6 – 8pm

Unidentified artist. Head of a Bodhisattva, c. 730–740. A164. Public Domain.

$200; members $180

4 classes

About the Class

Explore some of the major works of Chinese Buddhist art—including painting, sculpture, cave temples, and monasteries. We begin by discussing Buddhism’s spread from India across Central Asia to China, where it converged with native artistic practices. Then, looking closely at important works from the Barnes and the Penn Museum, we will explore the emergence of a distinctive Chinese Buddhist art. The course will offer excellent background to someone contemplating or planning a trip to China.

Capacity: 30 students


Nancy S. Steinhardt

Steinhardt is a professor of East Asian art and curator of Chinese art at the University of Pennsylvania. She has worked on exhibitions at the China Institute, Asia Society, Metropolitan Museum, Japan Society, Chicago Art Institute, Smart Museum of Art, and Penn Museum. She is author, co-author, or translator of ten books and more than 100 scholarly articles.