Early China developed or imported a variety of belief systems that were often practiced as mutually compatible, from indigenous beliefs like ancestor worship, Daoism, and Confucianism, to Buddhism, which arrived from India in the first century CE. How did these systems interact, and how did they influence the form and purpose of Chinese arts? In this master class, explore works ranging from early tomb objects to cave paintings, temple complexes to landscape painting, to discern how these works expressed early beliefs and values and gave them shape. Draw on the MFA's strong collection of early Chinese art to illuminate the subtlety and complexity of different regions, as well as continuities across China. Focus discussion on particular artworks that are rich in possibilities for classroom use, and consider ways to integrate art to clarify and add nuance to students' understanding of early religious and ethical beliefs.
Christina Yu Yu, Matsutaro Shoriki Chair, Art of Asia, and head of Exhibitions
This session is led via Zoom and includes opportunities for questions and dialogue.
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