The history of Asian art or Eastern art , includes a vast range of influences from various cultures and religions. Developments in Asian art historically parallel those in Western art , in general a few centuries earlier. Buddhist art originated in the Indian subcontinent in the centuries following the life of the historical Gautama Buddha in the 6th to 5th century BCE, before evolving through its contact with other cultures and its diffusion through the rest of Asia and the world. Buddhist art traveled with believers as the dharma spread, adapted, and evolved in each new host country. It developed to the north through Central Asia and into Eastern Asia to form the Northern branch of Buddhist art, and to the east as far as Southeast Asia to form the Southern branch of Buddhist art.
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By Courtney Traub. While these three key museums don't enjoy visits from millions of visitors each year like the Louvre and the Musee d'Orsay do, they remain essential in any full exploration of the French capital's cultural offering. These are rich collections located in quieter areas of the city rarely explored by tourists. Find our picks for the best among these collections, and plunge into fascinating and millennia-long artistic and cultural traditions. Its impressive permanent collection boasts some 19, works of art and artifacts from greater Asia, with dedicated collections to Japan, China, Korea, Southeast Asia, and even to the arts of the Himalayas.
There are many ways to define the geographical region of Asia. The traditional arts of the Indian subcontinent were made mostly to serve its indigenous religions, notably Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism and Sikhism. Tibet and its art—largely based on Vajrayana Buddhism—are becoming increasingly better known as Tibetan Buddhism.