Demonic Divine: Himalayan Art and Beyond
Rubin Museum Of Art, New York And Serindia Publications, Chicago, Jan 1, 2004 - Art - 321 pages
Demonic Divine: Himalayan Art and Beyond focuses on wrathful and fierce images once labeled by Europeans as demonic, and now open to more sympathetic investigation. Examining closely 66 works of art, the authors take us behind Western preconceptions to explore ways that fearsome imagery is used in Himalayan cultures, including representation of protection and benevolence. Over two hundred color images highlight visual power and artistic skill in works that blur the boundaries between horror and beauty. Essays by Rob Linrothe, Curator, RMA and Associate Professor of Art History at Skidmore College, and Marylin Rhie, Professor of Asian Art at Smith College, explore variations within the demonic and trace the evolution of style. Contributions from Jeff Watt, RMA Curator and Director of the Himalayan Art Website, are evident throughout. Matthieu Ricard, author, monk, and scientist, provided the foreword.
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