Lesson 8 Buddhist Art

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What You Will Learn:

  • Explore All Art Movements and Periods

    You will learn about all the leading art movements and periods, such as primitive art, ancient Greek art, the Renaissance, Romanticism, Impressionism, Modernism, and contemporary art. There is also a lot of attention to non-Western art, such as Islamic Art, Hindu Art, Chinese Art, Oceanic Art and African Art, and the globalization of the art world.

  • All Famous Artists and Their Masterpieces

    The course covers important artists like Sultan Muhammad, Fan Kuan, Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo, Utagawa Hiroshige, Vincent van Gogh, Ilya Repin, Pablo Picasso, Marc Chagall, Frida Kahlo, Andy Warhol, Keith Haring, Banksy and many more, and discusses their most influential works.

  • Cultural and Historical Context

    Our courses also focus on the study of the cultural, social, political, and economic contexts in which artworks are created.

  • Various Media and Techniques

    You will explore different art forms and techniques, such as painting, sculpture, printmaking, photography, and digital art.

Introduction to this course:

 

“In the year 563 BCE, during a full moon, Prince Siddhartha Gautama was born in the Nepalese village of Lumbini, the son of King Suddhodana and Queen Maya. He was raised as a true heir to the throne and lacked nothing. However, when he ventured outside the palace walls, he discovered that life looked very different for many people than it did for him with his royal existence. He encountered an old man, a seriously ill person, and the corpse of a deceased person in succession. The prince was deeply shocked and realized that life was a period of suffering. During his fourth and final journey outside the palace, he encountered a monk, a peaceful man who aspired to detach from earthly life. At the age of 29, after his wife Yosadara gave birth to their son Rahula, he definitively closed the palace door behind him to live as a poor wanderer. For six years, he roamed the Indian continent, receiving many lessons in yoga, but it did not satisfy him. At the age of 35, after long meditation on human suffering under a fig tree known as the Bodhi tree, Siddhartha Gautama discovered that the cause of human suffering is desire. He learned how to free himself from desire and also saw how others could learn this. At that moment, he became a Buddha, someone who had attained insight, an enlightened being.”

Boeddha, van het Franse juwelenhuis Van Cleef & Arpels House of High Jewelry
Image: The Golden Buddha (1920-1970), a remarkable and precious jewel from the French jewelry house Van Cleef & Arpels House of High Jewelry. The golden jewel features brilliant-cut diamonds, green emeralds, two purple rubies, and dark blue sapphires.
Location: The precious jewel is in the possession of Van Cleef & Arpels House of High Jewelry. In 2021, it was exhibited at the National Art Museum of Ukraine in the Ukrainian capital Kiev. ©Ronnie Rokebrand.

This story of the life and teachings of Buddha laid the foundation for one of the major world religions, Buddhism. Just as Greek, Roman, and Christian gods influenced the arts created in their respective eras, Buddhism would also be the basis for its own art style, Buddhist art. These Buddhist artifacts in the form of statues, paintings, temples, and buildings can be found all over the Asian continent. Thousands of temples are scattered across Asian countries, adorned with mystical symbols and magical designs, including in China and Japan.

De drie boeddhistische pagodes van Dali, een Chinees dorp in de Chinese provincie Yunnan, gelegen aan de voet van de Himalaya.
Image: The three Buddhist pagodas of Dali, a village in the Chinese province of Yunnan, located at the foot of the Cangshan Mountains. The three brick pagodas belong to the nearby Chongsheng Temple, which was rebuilt in 2005. They are all positioned at the corners of an equilateral triangle and were built in the 9th and 10th centuries in the former Dali Kingdom. The Qianxun Pagoda, one of the three, is 69.6 meters tall, making it one of the tallest in China. White marble Buddha statues are placed in the niches.
Location: The town of Dali is situated in the Chinese province of Yunnan, at the foot of the Cangshan Mountains. ©Ronnie Rokebrand.

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