Tang Art Analysis Activity
Adapted from Matt Busch - Bellvue High School, WA
KC: 3.2; HTS: 1A, 1B; TLO: CUL, SB; Region: EA
1. Read the “Introduction” Only (4 pages) of “China’s Cosmopolitan Empire: Tang Dynasty” by Mark Edward Lewis
2. Go to either of the following two sites and choose 5 pieces of art to analyze -
University of Washington Tang Art Page with Explanations: http://depts.washington.edu/silkroad/exhibit/tang/tang.html
Metropolitan Museum of Art Tang Exhibit: http://www.metmuseum.org/toah/hd/tang/hd_tang.htm
3. Choose 5 pieces of art to analyze. Analyze those pieces for these things:
What is the historical context of this piece of artwork?
Does the artwork support or refute Lewis’ claim?
4. Make a thesis statement that either supports or refutes Lewis’ claim based on what you found in the art pieces!