SchoolArts Magazine

DEC 2008

SchoolArts is a national art education magazine committed to promoting excellence, advocacy, and professional support for educators in the visual arts since 1901.

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Introducing... Curator's Corner at Our Art History Scholar and curator of Davis Art Images, Karl Cole, provides fascinating insights about art history, artists, and art movements across time and around the globe. Check out his blog and post your comments and questions. you Have a topic more want to know it your about? Subm suggestions at . Blog posted Friday, September 12, 2008 Greco-Roman Influence in Buddhist Sculpture This is my favorite image in our new edition of A Global Pursuit. The influence of Greco-Roman art is still present in western art. What examples of Greco-Roman influence can you think of in the art of other parts of the world? And why do you think the influence is still so strong in western appreciation of art? DID YOU KNOW that Alexander the Great conquered lands in central Asia that bordered northern India in 327 BCE? He was trying to wipe out all traces of the Persian Empire. During the time of the Roman Empire (flourished 27 BCE–c453 CE), these lands became Roman colonies that sat on the western end of the "Silk India (Gandhara), Standing Buddha, 2nd–3rd century CE. Asian Art Museum of San Francisco, the Avery Brundage Collection, B60 S132+. Road" to China. An early Indian dynasty, the Kushan (flourished c50–320 CE) of northern India, traded with the Roman colonies and thus was transmitted the Roman version of the classical sculptural style. The historical dates for the Buddha are c563–483 BCE. The very first images of the Buddha were produced during the second century CE, and they show strong influences of classical sculpture, presumably based on images of Apollo.... For more go to DAVISART.COM 800-533-2847 50 PORTLAND STREET, WORCESTER MA 01608 A-276

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