Friday, July 15, 2016

Replicas Illuminate Remote Buddhist Art Treasures From China

THE NEW YORK TIMES
By Holland Cotter
CALIFORNIA---Some of the world’s greatest art treasures are remote and immovable. Such is the case with the complex of nearly 500 Buddhist cave temples and monasteries known as the Mogao Grottoes near Dunhuang in northwestern China, an ancient trading city on the edge of the Gobi Desert. Hand-carved into stone cliffs between the fourth and 14th centuries A.D., many of the caves are covered with religious murals and painted clay sculptures of Buddhist deities. [link]

J. Paul Getty Museum: “Cave Temples of Dunhuang: Buddhist Art on China’s Silk Road,” (Ends September 4, 2016); 1200 Getty Center Drive, Los Angeles, CA; (310) 440-7300; getty.edu