In his two series of public lectures on Oriental art, Laurence Binyon, eighth holder of the Charles Eliot Norton Professorship in Poetry, will contrast the western point of view of art with that held by the Chinese; and will trace the currents of thought and art between the East and the West.
Professor Binyon will deliver six lectures; three of them in November, and three in February. The first three are on successive Wednesday evenings, November 15, 22, and 29.
According to Professor Binyon, China maintains the prestige in Asia that Greece held for the rest of the world. The earliest Chinese paintings date from the fourth century, while Japanese, Indian, and Persian works of art did not appear until at least the sixth century. In the eighth century, Buddhism invaded China, and left its indelible influence on the paintings and sculpture of the nation.
Oriental art has had its periods of decadence, but there is a strong revival now going on in the East.