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art notes 2.26 - 2/26 Medieval Art in Japan*We'll study art...

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2/26 Medieval Art in Japan *We’ll study art and architecture from Todaiji Monastery, Nara, dating to the early 13 th century ~Buddhism/ The Buddha - Todaiji “The great eastern temple” - Monks a Todaiji study Buddhism - Buddhism was established in the 8 th century- Japanese royal family adopted it which was responsible for the spread of the religion. o Monks came under attack because of the political affiliation - Buddhists want to achieve nirvana- soul goes through successive reincarnation until perfected soul reaches nirvana (state of enlightenment )- through prayer - Wall around Todaiji provides isolation and protection to monks - Enter through south gate- through wooden structure - South gate- large sculptures made of wood *image- Nio by Unkei- c.1203 (on ARTstore) - located when you walk in Todaiji through south gate - There was a need for protection- Unkei decided to portray Nio like this - furrowed brow, open mouth, holding weapon, fierce expression, chest is exaggerated in muscles, drapery responds to emotion of figure
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This note was uploaded on 04/27/2008 for the course ART 101 taught by Professor Pearson during the Spring '08 term at Bloomsburg.

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