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The Art of Buddhism: An Introduction to Its History and Meaningby Denise Patry Leidy
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As its teachings spread from the Indian subcontinent in all directions across Asia, Buddhism influenced every culture it touched—from <st1:country-region w:st="on">Afghanistan</st1:country-region> to <st1:country-region w:st="on">Korea</st1:country-region>, from <st1:country-region w:st="on"> <st1:place w:st="on">Mongolia</st1:place> </st1:country-region> to Java. Buddhist art is a radiant reflection of the encounter of the Buddhas 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 Leidys 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.
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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