ART 216: Asian Art

University of Hartford, Spring 2013

Professor Eric Rasmussen

Office hours are Mondays, 3–4:30 PM in Hillyer Hall, Room 423


The departmental objectives for students in this course are as follows:

  1. Understand and employ specialized art historical vocabulary and terminology.
  2. Recognize and identify key monuments in the history of art.
  3. Describe the form, content, and context of individual works of art, and the characteristic qualities of larger styles, movements, or periods in the history of art.
  4. Analyze the formal, iconographic, contextual, and expressive content of individual works of art, styles, genres, and/or movements.

Slides & Handouts

Each week's slides and handouts will be posted here after I've finished the lecture for both sections. Look on the individual calendar week's page (see below) for the download links.


  • Marilyn Stokstad and Michael W. Cothren. Art History, Fifth Edition, Portable Edition, Books 3 and 5: A View of the World. Pearson, 2014.
    • The new Fifth Edition is recommended (it is only available in the University bookstore), but you can use the Fourth Edition (2010) if you like. I will point out major additions to the Fifth Edition when they occur.
  • Denise Patry Leidy. The Art of Buddhism: An Introduction to Its History and Meaning. Shambhala, 2008.


For each week of the course, there will be a set of online resources listed here (in the syllabus). These will help orient you to the course and the readings.



Grades & Attendance

This is an art history class. Seeing the art is essential to what we are doing. Your eyes need to be open during class. Participation is 10% of your grade — each unexcused class hour that you miss counts against that. Students who miss more than two weeks of class will receive an academic warning, and missing more than three weeks of class is grounds for dismissal.

The midterm exam is 20% and the final exam is 25%. The first paper is 20% and the second paper is 25%.


This class has two sections, one MWF (12:30–1:20 PM) and the other M (4:50–7:20). As a result, it is organized by week, with each week ending on a Monday:

  • Week 1 (Ends Monday, January 28)
  • Week 2 (February 4)
  • Week 3 (February 11) [Looking Paper assigned]
  • Week 4 (February 18)
  • Week 5 (February 25) [Looking Paper first draft due]
  • Week 6 (March 4)
  • Week 7 (March 11)
  • Week 8 (March 18) [Looking Paper due]
  • Week 9 (April 1) [Midterm Exam]
  • Week 10 (April 8)
  • Week 11 (April 15) [Comparison Paper assigned]
  • Week 12 (April 22) [Comparison Paper drafts due Friday, April 26]
  • Week 13 (April 29)
  • Week 14 (May 6) [Comparison Paper due]
  • Week 15 (May 13) [Final Exam]