BUDDHIST ART

Buddhist Philosophies

  • Teaches individuals how to cope in the world full or misery.

  • Buddha, Siddhartha, when he was a prince first, rejected worldly concerns and courtly life and decided to live in the country.

  • Believes in reincarnation, a cycle of birth and rebirth.

  • Enlightenment, or reaching Nirvana, ends the cycle, through good deeds and living a devotional life to charities, religious fervor, and love of all.

Common Themes of Buddism

  • The Lion = Buddha's initial royalty

  • The Wheel (chakra) = Buddha's law

  • The Lotus = Buddha's pure nature

  • Columns surrounds by a wheel = Buddha's teachings

  • Empty throne, umbrella, footsteps, lone wheel, Bodhi tree = Buddha

182 - Buddha, Bamiyan, Afghanistan, close-up
182 - Buddha, Bamiyan, Afghanistan, close-up
182 - Buddha, Bamiyan, Afghanistan, distant
182 - Buddha, Bamiyan, Afghanistan, distant
184 - Jowo Rinpoche, enshrined in the Jokhang Temple
184 - Jowo Rinpoche, enshrined in the Jokhang Temple
192 - Great Stupa at Sanchi
192 - Great Stupa at Sanchi
192 - Great Stupa at Sanchi, North Gate
192 - Great Stupa at Sanchi, North Gate
192 - Great Stupa at Sanchi, plan and elevation
192 - Great Stupa at Sanchi, plan and elevation
192 - Great Stupa at Sanchi, ambulatory
192 - Great Stupa at Sanchi, ambulatory
195 - Longmen caves
195 - Longmen caves
195 - Longmen caves, detail 1
195 - Longmen caves, detail 1

CONTENT: What do you see?

FORM: The details (what you see more exactly). How the artist delivers the content.

CONTEXT: Everything NOT observable.

FUNCTION: The intended purpose of the work.

Assignments:

READINGS: 

 

UNIT SHEET: below 

 

SNAPSHOT Sheet:

Afghanistan:

182. Buddha

Tibet:

184. Jowo Rinpoche, enshirined in the Jokhang Temple

India:

192. Great Stupa at Sanchi

        - plan and elevation

        - North Gate

        - ambulatory

China:

195. Longmen caves

Indonesia:

198. Borobudur Temple

APAH 250 Images:

Buddhist/Hindu Unit Sheet
Buddhism Concepts + Contexts