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History Through Art

Arts of Korea [The Metropolitan Museum of Art]
This online exhibition “explores Korea’s distinctive cultural identity and the ways in which the arts of Korea have been affected by trade and diplomacy, by war and peace, and by religion and philosophy.” With separate sections on ceramics, metalwork and decorative arts, Buddhist sculpture, and painting.

The Arts of Korea: A Resource for Educators [PDF] [The Metropolitan Museum of Art]
“This publication introduces Korea’s artistic achievement and places it in the context of its history and religions. Works from the Museum’s permanent collection form the core of the discussion and are used to illustrate the diversity and beauty of Korean art. These include Buddhist paintings, celadon wares and white porcelain vessels, inlaid lacquerwares, and traditional musical instruments. The boxed set also provides useful teaching tools for the classroom, including maps, an illustrated timeline, a chronology, a glossary, lesson plans, questioning strategies, cross-cultural comparisons, and two large posters. In addition, there are bibliographies for educators and students as well as lists of relevant Web sites, cultural resources, and film and video resources.”

Learning from Asian Art: Korea [Philadelphia Museum of Art]
“This online resource introduces students to Korean art and culture as they explore works in the Museum’s collection. Each art image is accompanied by background information, a set of looking questions, and related classroom activity suggestions that students can use individually, in small groups, or as a whole class. A map, timeline, and a list of recommended print resources and websites are also included.”

Korean Historical Periods [The Art of Asia, Minneapolis Institute of Arts]
“Cultures with long historiesólike many in Asiaócan be difficult to grasp. This guide to Korea’s historical periods describes its major eras in terms of artistic production and significant political developments.”


See the Art section for more art-related units that can be used to teach history.

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