The Art of Gandhara: A Lecture
The art of ancient Gandhara was little known in the West until the Taliban destroyed the gigantic statues of the Buddha at Bamiyan in 2001. But it was in the Gandhara region of Pakistan (present day Bamiyan in Afghanistan, Bactria, the Hindu Kush, and the Punjab of northwest India) that the first flowering of Buddhist figural art occurred from the 1st century BCE through the 5th century CE.
Dr. Pia Brancaccio, Associate Professor of Art History at Drexel University, shows how Gandharan art blended the idealized beauty of the human form expressed in Greek sculpture with the artistic traditions of India, Iran, and Central Asia to create a global style that significantly contributed to the worldwide spread of Buddhism. Brancaccio will speak at 6:30 pm on June 9 in the Brown Auditorium, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston.
The program is cosponsored by Asia Society Texas Center and the MFAH.
Thursday, June 9, 2011 | 6:30 pm
Brown Auditorium | Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
1001 Bissonnet | Click for directions
Admission is free. Registration not required.