Transcultural Reflections of Art Developement

Tanushree Gupta
Conservation and Restoration, Conservation and Restoration
2022W, artistic Seminar (SEK), 2.0 ECTS, 2.0 semester hours, course number S04206


Cultural and art history are often taught in a rather isolated and localized way. This course aims to investigate how a particular art technology (e.g. painting, casting, ceramics) is perceived in different cultural contexts and art periods in both Europe and Southeast Asia. Using various examples, we will look into the different functions of art technologies and their historical context. In doing so, we try to apply a transcultural, comprehensive view on differences and similarities as well as the various influencing factors of art technologies.

Various guest presenters are invited to speak on selected art technologies and their development. The students have to prepare a presentation on an art technology of their choice by the end of the semester, outlining its influences and different manifestations in different cultural contexts. Finally, this must be summarized in a short-written report.

Examination Modalities

- Presentation

- Short-written report


15 December 2022, 12:30–13:00, "Introduction"
19 December 2022, 08:00–10:00, "Tracing Roots and Routes in the Cultural Spheres"
19 December 2022, 10:00–11:30, "The Origin of Rock-cutting Technology in China: Possible Connections with Iran and India"
10 January 2023, 08:00–09:00, "Journeys between East and West: the Conservation of the Chinese Map of the World by Matteo Ricci"
31 January 2023, 12:30–13:00, "A Transcultural Reflection on the Case Study of the Red Army Hero Monument in Vienna"
31 January 2023, 13:00–14:00, "Philosophical and Religious Influences over East and Southeast Asia - and their Impact on Art"
31 January 2023, 14:00–15:00, "Promoting Transcultural Reflection through Intangible Cultural Heritage in Asia"
03 February 2023, 10:30–12:00, "Discussions on different topics related to Transcultural Reflections of Art Development"

Course Enrolment

From 05 December 2022, 00:00 to 12 December 2022, 00:00
Via online registration

Cultural Heritage Conservation and Management (joint programme) (Master): History of Art and Culture: Transcultural Reflections of Art Development (Angewandte) 572/031.32

Co-registration: not possible

Attending individual courses: possible