Gandhara and Beyond: The Influence of Andhra on the Art of Gandhara

The Courtauld Institute of Art
Left: Nagarjunakonda. Archaeological Site Museum, inv. no. 13, photograph by Wojtek Oczkowski. Right: Gandharan relief. Museum für Asiatische Kunst, Berlin, inv. no. I 10198, photograph by Monika Zin with kind permission of Archaeological Survey of India/ Museum für Asiatische Kunst, Berlin.
Left: Nagarjunakonda. Archaeological Site Museum, inv. no. 13, photograph by Wojtek Oczkowski. Right: Gandharan relief. Museum für Asiatische Kunst, Berlin, inv. no. I 10198, photograph by Monika Zin with kind permission of Archaeological Survey of India/ Museum für Asiatische Kunst, Berlin.

Date: 13 November 2015 (Friday)
Time: 18.00–19.00 p.m.
Venue: Kenneth Clark Lecture Theatre, The Courtauld Institute of Art, Somerset House, Strand, London WC2R 0RN
Booking details: Open to all, free admission (no booking required)
Organized by: Professor David Park and Dr. Giovanni Verri (The Courtauld Institute of Art)

The Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation Centre for Buddhist Art and Conservation at The Courtauld and The Sackler Research Forum jointly present a lecture by professor Monika Zin on how the artistic style of Andhra on the Indian continent shaped Gandharan aesthetics and iconography.

Western (particularly Greek) influences on Gandharan art have been discussed in detail by a large number of scholars. However, other influences have not been investigated as thoroughly. This lecture will introduce and consider much less familiar stylistic and iconographic sources that constitute an invaluable body of materials for a more comprehensive interpretation of Gandharan art.

Please join the speaker and other attendees for a reception in the Entrance Hall following the lecture.

About the Speaker

Monika Zin is professor of Indian Art History at the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität, Munich. She is an expert on Indian and Central Asian art history. Her publications include Mitleid und Wunderkraft. Schwierige Bekehrungen und ihre Ikonographie im indischen Buddhismus (Pity and Miracles. Difficult Conversions and their Iconography in Indian Buddhism) (2006) and Samsaracakra, Das Rad der Wiedergeburten in der indischen Überlieferung (Samsaracakra, the Wheel of Rebirth in Indian Tradition), with Dieter Schlingloff (2007).

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