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ASIAN ART AND HISTORY
February 27 @ 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Lecture Asian Art and History The Silk Routes and Buddhism in China, 3rd to 7th Centuries Artis—Naples Lifelong Learning Annette Juliano, Ph.D., Professor of Far Eastern Art History, Rutgers University For more than a hundred years, the silk routes have captured the imagination of the West as camel caravans, merchants, emissaries and Buddhist monks traversed forbidding terrains from the Eastern Mediterranean to the Far East and back. Recent archaeology underscored that these highways of culture and commerce were further amplified by a complex network of main and smaller sea and overland routes. This lecture will explore this cross-cultural activity, which brought diverse cultural objects from the West — and, most importantly, Buddhism — to China. Not only did this new religion literally change the landscape of China with cave temples, pagodas, magnificent sculpture and painting, but it also joined Daoism and Confucianism as one of the three legs of Chinese culture. This presentation is part of the Asian Art and History series.