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The Nepalese Legacy in Tibetan Painting

Rubin Museum of Art

With the destruction of India's Buddhist monasteries in 1203, Tibet lost its main source of artistic inspiration. Nepal was the only nearby surviving center of traditional arts, where Newar artists of the Kathmandu Valley had formed their own artistic style. Originally based on Indian artistic models, the Newar gradually developed their own style exemplifying their excellence in painting, sculpture, and woodworking. These talents were not lost on the Tibetans, who copied and learned from their neighbors as the style spread throughout Tibet. This style, now known as Beri, flourished for over four centuries, reaching its height from 1360-1460 when it was adopted as Tibet's universal painting style.

In this second publication and related exhibition in the "Masterworks of Tibetan Painting" series, noted scholar David Jackson identifies the full extents of the Beri style, and shows the chronological development, religious patronage, and geographic scope that tie together the development of Beri style.

By David P. Jackson

with contributions from Donald Rubin and Martin Brauen


Published: Rubin Museum of Art, New York (September 2010) Distributed by University of Washington Press, Seattle and London

Format: SC, 240 pages

Product Dimensions: 9.75 x 11.6 x 0.75 inches

ISBN:  978-0-9772131-7-7 





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