The Art of Buddhism: An Introduction to Its History and Meaning

The Art of Buddhism: An Introduction to Its History and Meaning

by Denise Patry Leidy
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The Art of Buddhism: An Introduction to Its History and Meaning by Denise Patry Leidy

As its teachings spread from the Indian subcontinent in all directions across Asia, Buddhism influenced every culture it touched—from Afghanistan to Korea, from Mongolia to Java. Buddhist art is a radiant reflection of the encounter of the Buddha’s teachings with the diverse civilizations that came under their sway. It is also an intriguing visual record of the evolution of Buddhist practice and philosophy over a period of more than two millennia.

More than two hundred photographs provide the visual context for this tour of the world of Buddhist art. Included in the rich variety of forms are architecture and monumental art, statuary, paintings, calligraphy, fresco, brushwork, and textile arts. Denise Leidy’s guide is the perfect introductory text for all those intrigued by this splendid aesthetic tradition. It also an essential resource for all who seek to understand Buddhist art as teaching.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781590306703
Publisher: Shambhala
Publication date: 10/20/2009
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 396,283
Product dimensions: 7.00(w) x 9.90(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Denise Patry Leidy is curator of the Department of Asian Art at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. She is the author of numerous articles, and coauthor, with Robert A. F. Thurman, of Mandala: The Architecture of Enlightenment.

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very informative & beautiful book by a curator of this area at the Metropolitan Museum. Highly readable, wonderful photographs -- a very good introduction to this subject.