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GSFA 199 Art and Faith in Asia (Kristen Brennan): Home

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Malibu Hindu Temple

Need Images for Your Presentation?

Bayon Temple

Angkor, Angkor Thom, Bayon. early 13th century. From Northeast, Exterior. Architecture and City Planning, temples.

Find images for your presentation or paper in the database,  ARTstor.  Log on to ARTstor, create a personal account and create an image group.  Then view information on how to Export to Power Point

You can search ARTstor by the name of an art work, by geography, by classification (for example, architecture), or by collection (for example, Beyond the Taj).  Use the Advanced Search to limit by date.

Helpful videos on using ARTstor can be found on YouTube

Getting Started

For background information on art, start with an exhaustive reference work such as  Grove Art Online. Both the 'Guided Tour' and 'Tools and Resources' (available from the Home page) provide useful information on searching Grove/Oxford Art Online.

For background information on religions, consult the Encyclopedia of Religion

Bibliographies located in books or at the end of journal articles can be very helpful.  To learn if Pepperdine has access to a particular journal, search for the name of the journal in the library catalog, or use the 'Find e-journals' search feature on the Library's Web site.

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Course Description

This course explores the vital role of art in spiritual expression in Asia. We investigate how art stimulates devotion, defines the sacred, and facilitates worship of the divine. We ask, what is the role of art in worship? How do we visualize the divine? What is the role of art in seeing our own faith and that of others? Looking to sacred sites and images in the Buddhist, Hindu, Islamic, Shinto, and Christian faiths, we aim to expand our knowledge and perceptions of the diverse arts and cultures of Asia.


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