Art of the Silk Routes: Cultural Transmissions from China to Rome

Parsons School of Design: Art/Design Hist & Theory

Liberal Arts
Graduate Course
Degree Students
Art of the Silk Routes
Spring 2023
Taught By: Petya Andreeva
Section: A

CRN: 8491

Credits: 3

With an emphasis on matters of artistic exchange, this course delves into premodern processes and patterns of movement which we have now come to know as “globalization”. We will be looking at cultural transmissions through land and maritime trade routes, known collectively as the “Eurasian steppe” and “Silk Routes”, from the early Iron Age to the end of the Mongol Empire’s hegemony in Eurasia. Why do we find Roman glass in ancient Chinese tombs? How did Persian textiles find their way to Nara, Japan? Why did Greek craftsmen settle in the Northern Indian subcontinent? We will explore how trade, war, diplomacy and migration were continuously shaping the artistic, sociopolitical and economic landscapes of Eurasian empires and communities until the end of the 15 th century. Students will view mobility through various new lens by exploring the diffusion paths of artworks as well as music, literature, religions, ideologies and political movements from East Asia all the way to Europe.

Open to: All university graduate degree students.

College: Parsons School of Design (PS)

Department: Art/Design Hist & Theory (PGHT)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Modality: In-Person

Max Enrollment: 15

Add/Drop Deadline: February 5, 2023 (Sunday)

Online Withdrawal Deadline: April 16, 2023 (Sunday)

Seats Available: Yes

Status: Open*

* Status information is updated every few minutes. The status of this course may have changed since the last update. Open seats may have restrictions that will prevent some students from registering. Updated: 9:28am EST 1/27/2023

Meeting Info:
Days: Wednesday
Times: 1:55pm - 3:45pm
Building: Academic Entrance 63 Fifth Ave
Room: 622
Date Range: 1/25/2023 - 5/10/2023