World Art History: Shiva Nataraja and the Concept of Agency

dc.contributor.advisorKoontz, Rex
dc.contributor.committeeMemberNevitt, H. Rodney, Jr.
dc.contributor.committeeMemberCostello, Sarah
dc.creatorChase, Kathryn Rae Tanner
dc.date.accessioned2019-11-19T23:37:01Z
dc.date.available2019-11-19T23:37:01Z
dc.date.createdDecember 2014
dc.date.issued2014-12
dc.date.submittedDecember 2014
dc.date.updated2019-11-19T23:37:02Z
dc.description.abstractThe purpose of this thesis is to demonstrate how a new method of art historical analysis that focuses on the agency of art works could be explored as a fundamental basis of world art history. I propose that the power of images is a common characteristic of art across the globe that’s unhindered by time. It could be used as a tool to create a world art history that deals equally well with both Western and non-Western art objects. I will use the Museum of Fine Arts Houston’s thirteenth century, Shiva Nataraja sculpture to explore core issues in world art history. More importantly, I will use this sculpture to demonstrate how traditional analyses are beneficial to understanding certain aspects of non-Western art. While exploring the application of traditional art historical strategies, I will also discuss how those analytical strategies do not adequately address how the art object functioned in its original context. New methods of analyses need to be developed to create a world art history.
dc.description.departmentArt, School of
dc.format.digitalOriginborn digital
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dc.identifier.urihttps://hdl.handle.net/10657/5454
dc.language.isoeng
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dc.subjectWorld art history
dc.subjectGlobal art history
dc.subjectShiva
dc.subjectShiva nataraja
dc.subjectAgency
dc.titleWorld Art History: Shiva Nataraja and the Concept of Agency
dc.type.dcmiText
dc.type.genreThesis
thesis.degree.collegeKathrine G. McGovern College of the Arts
thesis.degree.departmentArt
thesis.degree.disciplineArt History
thesis.degree.grantorUniversity of Houston
thesis.degree.levelMasters
thesis.degree.nameMaster of Arts
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