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Buddhist Art: An Historical and Cultural Journey (Hardback)

Giles Beguin

Edité par RIVER BOOKS, Thailand, 2009
ISBN 10: 9749863879 / ISBN 13: 9789749863879
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Titre : Buddhist Art: An Historical and Cultural ...

Éditeur : RIVER BOOKS, Thailand

Date d'édition : 2009

Reliure : Hardback

Etat du livre : New

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Language: English . Brand New Book. Buddhism and its art is the one truly unifying factor of the entire Asian continent and has become a fundamental part of our shared world heritage. To draw a unique portrait of this art in a single work is a formidable undertaking due to the great plurality of traditions spanning different countries and regions over various epochs. Furthermore, the variability in the state of conservation of Buddhist monuments and their decorations provides additional challenges. A passionate scholar of Buddhist art, Giles Beguin has chosen to organise his work in the form of an historical atlas. Thus together with beautiful photography, plans and reconstructions of the monuments and their magnificent works of art, this book also contains previously unpublished cartography. The author takes the reader on an historical and cultural journey across the vast continent of Asia stretching from India, Sri Lanka and Gandhara to countries such as Thailand, Cambodia and Burma in Southeast Asia up to the Himalayan kingdoms of Nepal and Tibet before arriving at the far eastern civilisations of China, Korean and Japan. The book is not only a visual feast but also a far-reaching introduction to Buddhist beliefs and practices. N° de réf. du libraire AA99789749863879

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Synopsis : Buddhism and its art is the one truly unifying factor of the entire Asian continent and has become a fundamental part of our shared world heritage. To draw a unique portrait of this art in a single work is a formidable undertaking due to the great plurality of traditions spanning different countries and regions over various epochs. Furthermore, the variability in the state of conservation of Buddhist monuments and their decorations provides additional challenges. A passionate scholar of Buddhist art, Giles Beguin has chosen to organise his work in the form of an historical atlas. Thus together with beautiful photography, plans and reconstructions of the monuments and their magnificent works of art, this book also contains previously unpublished cartography. The author takes the reader on an historical and cultural journey across the vast continent of Asia stretching from India, Sri Lanka and Gandhara to countries such as Thailand, Cambodia and Burma in Southeast Asia up to the Himalayan kingdoms of Nepal and Tibet before arriving at the far eastern civilisations of China, Korean and Japan. The book is not only a visual feast but also a far-reaching introduction to Buddhist beliefs and practices.

Critique: 'Beguin writes in a richly informative but down-to-earth style, tending to facts rather than reflections, and he provides a solid account of doctrinal developments and schisms. His book should take its place as a classic study alongside the great overviews of Buddhism such as The World of Buddhism, edited by Heinz Becherts and Richard Gombrich' --The Art Book, November 2010

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