In continuing their groundbreaking work to understand and make accessible the complexity of Tibetan art Marylin Rhie and Robert Thurman have produced a second volume devoted to the study of thangka painting. Their earlier volume, Wisdom and Compassion: The Sacred Art of Tibet offered a significant introduction and analysis of Tibetan sacred painting. Worlds of Transformation furthers our understanding of this art, opening our imagination to the limitless possibilities of life itself. The thangkas, from the collections of Shelley and Donald Rubin, span the 12th through 20th centuries and the spectrum of Tibetan artistic schools.
This monumental volume presents an analysis of each painting in terms of iconography and religious meaning, style, regional lineage and sources. Each painting is reproduced in color and most are published here for the first time. In addition an essay by David Jackson offers an excellent overview on paintings from the Kagyupa order.
Marylin M. Rhie is the Jessie Wells Post Professor of Art and East Asian Studies at Smith College, Northampton, Massachusetts. Robert A.F. Thurman is the Jey Tsong Khapa Professor of Indo-Tibetan Buddhist Studies at Columbia University, New York and President of Tibet House, New York. David Jackson is Professor of Tibetan Studies at Hamburg University in Germany.
Cautionary Tales of Wisdom in Ferocious Forms THE NEW YORK TIMES review of the exhibition "Worlds of Transformation: Tibetan art of Wisdom and Compassion" by Kay Larson
"Worlds of Transformation: Tibetan art of Wisdom and Compassion" 512 pages, 8 7/8" x 11", 310 illustrations 279 in full color, cloth bound: $95.00, soft-cover: $65.00
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