Himalayan Art Resources

Subject: Didactic Art Main Page

Didactic Art Main Page | Diagrammatic Art Main Page

Subjects, Topics & Types:
- Didactic Art Description (below)
- Confusions
- Others...

Main Types:
- Wheel of Life Paintings
- Meditation Instructions
- Bon Dzogchen Instructions
- Medical Charts, Instructional
- Monks Clothing
- Yoga Postures
- Others...

Didactic Art is art created as visual compositions, generally paintings, depicting information and knowledge for the purposes of teaching and instruction. In some cases the composition will have both visual information and textual explanation side by side.

The most well known example of didactic art are the ever present Wheel of Life paintings and murals. Other examples are the Meditation Instructions for Calm Abiding and the Bon Dzogchen Instructions of which there are several known examples (a painting, a mural, and an illuminated manuscript).

(The three images below are only examples of the three types of Didactic Art. Select the links above to view more examples).

Jeff Watt [updated 10-2017]