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Art of the Five Major World Religions
These websites contain information about the art of Buddhism, Islam, Judaism, Hinduism, and Christianity. You will be able to examine many works of art, including illuminated manuscripts, calligraphy, sculpture, paintings, and ritual objects. There are interactive features, timelines, and thematic essays that discuss the cultural contexts of religion and art.
Explore this interactive site on the art of Himalayan Buddhism. You can browse the art in the gallery and read about each work, or watch a series of short movies on different topics. Requires the Flash player.
This interactive site has extensive information about Buddhist architecture, ritual object, and images of the Buddha and other enlightened beings. Roll over the images to learn more about each work of art, or play "Fact or Fiction" to learn more about the Buddhist religion. There are photo essays and an interactive timeline. Requires the Flash player.
Students can explore the four general categories of traditional Islamic art in this lesson plan. Materials for the lesson, including trading cards and a slide show quiz, can be downloaded from the site.
Learn all about Arabic calligraphy on this site, including its origins, development, and major calligraphic styles. Click on the links labeled "Written from right to left" or "Arabic alphabet" to launch the animated alphabet interactive.
Click on the link marked "Italian Jewish Art" to read an article about the subject. Click on "Cycle of the Year" or "Cycle of Life" to view detailed images of art objects and read about their function and purpose.
This exhibit includes essays, images, and a glossary to help visitors learn more about the cultural and historical context of Jewish art objects and their relationship to the rituals of Jewish religious practice.
Here you can read about Judaica and view examples of Jewish ceremonial art objects. Explore the links on the left to learn more about Jewish history or see historical paintings, prints, and photographs.
Explore the artistic gardens of the Mughals, a Muslim Empire that controlled the northern Indian subcontinent. Read a short essay about each garden, see pictures, answer review questions, or listen to music clips.
Here is an index of thematic essays relating to medieval art, Christian and secular. Each essay contains prime examples with descriptive text. You can read about Gothic architecture, stained glass, monasticism, and more.