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This is a collection of websites related to Art 199 at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.

All about Islamic Arts and ArchitectureIslamic Arts and Architecture. 4000 to 1000 BCE: China. Video Unit • Bronzes, Oracle Bones, and the Legitimation of Power [Open Learning Initiative, Harvard Extension School] Lecture 3 of 37 from the Harvard Open Learning Initiative course, China: Traditions and Transformations.

4000 to 1000 BCE: China

This 50-minute lecture presentation, with an accompanying slide presentation that can be controlled separately, is part of an introductory course on China for undergraduates at Harvard. Taught by two of the leading scholars of the China field — professors Peter Bol and William Kirby — the presentations provide background for teachers and students alike. Suitable for secondary school classrooms, especially AP-World History courses. (The link above leads to the main course page listing all 37 lectures.

Scroll to Lecture 3: Bronzes, Oracle Bones, and the Legitimation of Power and select a connection type to view or listen to this lecture.)


Thematic Essay. Throughout the world different systems have been used to mark the passage of time, but it has been common for cultures to count the passing of years from a specific event in their past.

Thematic Essay

For example, the ancient Greeks counted years from the first Olympic Games (which correlates to 776 B.C.), while the Romans based their calendar on the founding year of Rome (traditionally 753 B.C.). The Jewish calendar starts from their idea of when the world was created (3760 B.C.), while the Muslim calendar begins with the Hijra, the migration of the Prophet Muhammad from Mecca to Medina in A.D. 622.

A monk called Dionysius Exiguus (early sixth century A.D.) invented the dating system most widely used in the Western world. ARTHISTORYWORLDS.ORG. The Applied History of Art and Architecture (AHAA) Educational Foundation Dr. Katherine Bolman's Micro-Lessons. Catal Hoyuk-Archeology Earlier on we saw the first dig and how things looked with just a few people working the dig.

The Applied History of Art and Architecture (AHAA) Educational Foundation Dr. Katherine Bolman's Micro-Lessons

Much has changed now as more people are interested in this small village tucked in the hills of Turkey. This old house: at Catalhoyuk, a Neolithic site in Turkey, families packed their mud-brick houses close together and traipsed over roofs to climb into their rooms from above. Uruguay Cultural » Museo Gurvich además de Gurvich.

Willem Kalf: Still Life (26.43) — The Detroit Institute of Arts. Hope-Johnstone, C., "A Still Life by Willem Kalf", ¦DIA Bulletin,¦ vol. 8, no. 4, 1927, pp. 45-46, repr.

Willem Kalf: Still Life (26.43) — The Detroit Institute of Arts

Denver, Denver Art Museum, "Loan Exhibition of Dutch Paintings of the Seventeenth Century", Oct. 3-30, 1929, repr (unpaginated, intro. by S. W. Heavenrich). Heil, W., ¦Catalogue of Paintings in the Permanent Collection of The Detroit Institute of Arts,¦ Detroit, 1930, cat. 114, repr. Goldschmidt, A., "The Style of Dutch Painting in the Seventeenth Century", ¦Art Quarterly,¦ vol. 2, 1939, pp. 3-18, esp. pp. 8, 13, pl. 9. WuShrine. During the reign of the Han emperor Wu Ti (141-187 CE), Confucianism was established as the official imperial philosophy.


The Wu family shrines, located in Jaixiang in the Shandong Providence of China, contain reliefs which depict scenes of everyday life, and serve as examples of Confucius' teachings[1]. One relief from the Wu family shrine, dating to 151 CE, depicts subjects paying homage to their emperor at his royal residence. Center for Chinese Studies. Recarving China's Past: The Wu Family Shrines and the Story of the Stones, UCLA International Institute.

Computer Reconstruction of the Wu Family Shrines. Welcome to the interactive, virtual reality tour of the “Wu Family Shrines” cemetery site.

Computer Reconstruction of the Wu Family Shrines

Developed by Professor Anthony Barbieri-Low of the University of Pittsburgh, this tour is designed to give the viewer a sense of how this archaeological site in Shandong Province may have looked during the Han Dynasty, around 150-170 CE. The user can investigate each of the key monuments, read translations of the major inscriptions, and examine the pictorial carvings in the three reconstructed stone chambers at the site. Links to high-quality rubbings of the carvings and summaries of the stories and legends they allude to will help the user comprehend the visual world of a funerary complex from the second century in northeast China. System Requirements: Hiroshige - 36 Views of Mount Fuji 1858.

Quote: What human evolution tells us about ourselves. Ann Althouse, confronting the Laetoli footprint-makers reconstruction at the American Museum of Natural History: Is this really what we are and, if so, is it horrifying or is it wonderful that we figured it out?

Quote: What human evolution tells us about ourselves

My photo, not Althouse's. Clearly the museum has tried to make them look wonderful and not horrible, but so much depends on the up close encounter with these small apish people, bracing each other in their little glass box against these strange surroundings. Human Evolution Timeline Interactive. Pre-history Africa & the Badarian Culture. Pre-history Africa & the Badarian Culture Evidence of the Badarians into Pre-historic Egypt (4500-3800 BC) The founder of pre-dynastic Nile Valley archaeology was William Finders Petrie (1853-1942), whose excavations at Nagada and Ballas in Upper Egypt nearly 100 years ago unearth nearly 1200 pre-dynastic graves.

Pre-history Africa & the Badarian Culture

Other archaeologists such as Quibbell, Brunton, and Caton-Thompson have only refined and extended his research. A Missing Van Gogh Discovered. American Institute of Indian Studies-Photo Archive. Cultural Landscape and Archaeological Remains of the Bamiyan Valley. Cultural Landscape and Archaeological Remains of the Bamiyan Valley The cultural landscape and archaeological remains of the Bamiyan Valley represent the artistic and religious developments which from the 1st to the 13th centuries characterized ancient Bakhtria, integrating various cultural influences into the Gandhara school of Buddhist art.

The area contains numerous Buddhist monastic ensembles and sanctuaries, as well as fortified edifices from the Islamic period. The site is also testimony to the tragic destruction by the Taliban of the two standing Buddha statues, which shook the world in March 2001. Paysage culturel et vestiges archéologiques de la vallée de Bamiyan. World Heritage Centre - World Heritage List. Silk Road Map Quizzes. Interactive Silk Road Map Exercise This set of maps has been developed to assist learners in mastering basic geography of the Silk Road. The maps here include a variety of geographical names selected because of their importance.

Obviously many other choices might have been made. The list is based on one that has been used for several years in a Silk Road survey course taught at the University of Washington. Buddhism - The Art of Asia. The Silk Road Project - Silk Road Maps. The historical Silk Road comprised a series of land and sea trade routes that crisscrossed Eurasia from the first millennium B.C.E. through the middle of the second millennium C.E. The intersections among people from diverse cultures along the way promoted an unprecedented sharing of commodities, ideas, arts, sciences and innovations. These maps provide an overview of the Silk Road region, which stretched from Japan to the Mediterranean, though the lenses of the historical trade routes, belief systems, languages, climates and political borders.

They are available as part of Along the Silk Road, a set of comprehensive curricula for middle school and secondary students, co-developed by the Silk Road Project and the Stanford Program on International and Cross-Cultural Education (S.P.I.C.E.). The Along the Silk Road curriculum is just one of the tools used in Silk Road Connect, our arts-integrated educational approach for middle-school students, designed to inspire passion-driven learning. The Silk Road. On the eastern and western sides of the continent, the civilisations of China and the West developed. The western end of the trade route appears to have developed earlier than the eastern end, principally because of the development of the the empires in the west, and the easier terrain of Persia and Syria.

The Iranian empire of Persia was in control of a large area of the Middle East, extending as far as the Indian Kingdoms to the east. Machu Picchu's Mysteries. On the morning of July 24, 1911, a tall lecturer-cum-explorer from Yale University set off in a cold drizzle to investigate rumors of ancient Inca ruins in Peru.

Machu Picchu's Mysteries

The explorer chopped his way through thick jungle, crawled across a "bridge" of slender logs bound together with vines, and crept through underbrush hiding venomous fer-de-lance pit vipers. Two hours into the hike, the explorer and his two escorts came across a grass-covered hut. Machu Picchu.