Sat, Jan 20|
Winter Master Class: The Sculptures of Ancient India
Lead by Pratishtha Mukherjee. MUST RSVP TO RECEIVE ZOOM LINK.
Time & Location
Jan 20, 2024, 9:00 AM – 11:00 AM EST
About the Event
The sculptures of ancient India span a rich tapestry of artistic expression, reflecting the country's diverse cultural and religious history over the millennia. From the enigmatic artifacts of the Indus Valley Civilization to the flourishing artistic achievements of the Gupta Empire, these sculptures embody a continuum of creativity. The art and sculpture of India is not only for aesthetic purpose but contain deep philosophical and symbolic connotations and hence the sculpture. The Mauryan period (322–185 BCE) marked the advent of monumental stone sculpture, with the Lion Capital of Ashoka as a standout example. This era laid the groundwork for the Gupta Empire's Golden Age (4th–6th centuries CE), characterized by idealized depictions seen in the classical sculptures of Sarnath's Buddha. The post-Gupta period witnessed regional variations and innovations, evident in the rock-cut sculptures of Ellora and Elephanta. The Chola Dynasty (9th–13th centuries CE) in South India produced exquisite bronze statuary, notably the Nataraja at the Brihadeswara Temple.
Participants can expect to gain a deep and nuanced understanding of the rich artistic tradition that has shaped the cultural and historical landscape of the Indian subcontinent. Participants will get a historical context for the evolution of Indian sculpture, starting from the Indus Valley Civilization to the medieval period; gain insights into the cultural, religious, and regional influences that have shaped the diverse styles and themes in ancient Indian sculpture, develop an appreciation for the various artistic styles manifested in different periods, familiarize themselves with key artifacts and masterpieces, an explore the lasting legacy of ancient Indian sculpture and its impact on contemporary art and culture.
You must RSVP to receive the Zoom link. The class will be recorded, but the recording will only be shared with those that RSVP.