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Gandharan Art and Architecture: Between Global and Local

26 - 30 Nov '18 6:15 pm - 8:30 pm

Image: Amluk-dara, Swat Valley Photo credit: L.M. Oliviery

This seminar series will explore the Buddhist artistic and architectural traditions of ancient Gandhara focusing on the latest archaeological discoveries, art historical interpretations and historiography of museum collections. The five seminars will present a series of case studies illuminating the genesis and developments of Buddhist Gandharan art. The series will open with an investigation into the multicultural roots of this important artistic tradition, followed by an examination of the great Buddhist architecture of the Kushan period at the sacred areas of Butkara, Takht-i-Bahi, Amluk dara and Gumbat. The seminars will explore the rich culptural production of Buddhist narrative reliefs and icons in Gandhara and will take a look at the developments of artistic traditions in the region after the fall of the Kushan kings, including the poorly known rock sculptures from the Swat valley. The seminars will conclude with a brief review of the historiography of collecting Gandharan art and will explore how beginning in the 19th century a wealth of artistic material came to be dispersed among global museums.

Day 1: The Roots of Gandharan Art: Art and the City
Day 2: Buddhist Architecture in Gandhara: The Great Stupas and the Shrine at Gumbat
Day 3: Buddhist Sculpture in Gandhara: The narrative tradition and the power of the icon
Day 4: Gandharan Art after the Kushans
Day 5: Gandharan Art and Museum Collections: A Historiography

Registration: Rs 5000/-
(Rs.2500 with Student ID)

Suppported by : Vandana & Ajay Kanoria,Asiatic Oxygen Ltd.
Maithili & Shashank Singh


Pia Brancaccio

Pia Brancaccio teaches at the Department of Art and Art History, Drexel University, Philadelphia. Her research focuses on Buddhist art from South Asia, where she has traveled extensively. She has also done significant work on topics dealing with art and multiculturalism in the ancient world. Her publications include The Buddhist Caves at Aurangabad: Transformation in Art and Religion, and Gandharan Buddhism: Archaeology, Art and Text (as co-editor).


Registration Fees: Rs. 5000/-



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