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.
Professor Juliano began her academic career at Vassar College, followed by Brooklyn College of the City of New York and finally at Rutgers University-Newark. Her interests have been focused on Chinese art, mostly sculpture from the period known as the Northern and Southern Dynasties period, 4th-7th centuries. She studied Chinese language and culture at the University of Pennsylvania and then went to the Institute of Fine Arts at New York University for a Ph.D. Her career at Rutgers included time in academic administration, both as a chair rebuilding an interdisciplinary art department and serving as associate dean of academic humanities and social sciences. At the same time, she has been deeply involved in research on sculpture from the 4th-7th centuries by writing articles, traveling to China and organizing exhibitions from China to the U.S. Perhaps one of the best-known exhibitions is Monks and Merchants, co-curated with Dr. Judith Lerner.
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