ASIAN ART
 

The religious art of Asia has much in common with religious art of the Western tradition for it also is placed on a pedestal, admired for its design elements and composition, and favors disegno interno and Neoplatonism over disegno esterno. However, the principal difference between the two traditions is that, as discussed above in the Renaissance chapter, Western art seeks a balance between the scientific and the spiritual. Asian art lies 100% within the spiritual realm without any premise of biological anatomy, proportion, mass, or other elements of naturalistic observation. Asians reason that if art represents the beings that inhabit the spiritual floating world between earth and heaven, then it should be wholly Neoplatonic in its form and inspiration. And, as in this context, if art is in the service of religion, then the visual images should never degrade or insult those beings represented.