ASIAN CLASSICS THROUGH ART TAASA Monday Night Sydney Lecture Series – TAASA Review June 2020


This article was originally found in the June 2020 edition of TAASA Review (Volume 29, Issue 2, Page 27).

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Monday 2 March 2020 The Ramayana in Art: Princely Adventures and Other Stories The great Indian epic, the Ramayana, has been represented since the 5th century in sculpture and relief, miniatures, murals, scrolls, prints, posters, animation and video across South and Southeast Asia. Starting with the earliest manuscript illustrations of the Rmyana in 1588, commissioned by the Mughal emperor Akbar, art historian and curator Dr Chaitanya Sambrani illustrated this epic tale through a series of ravishing miniature paintings drawn from the Mughal, Rajput and Pahari traditions from the late-16th to the 19th centuries.

He used these images to emphasise the range of innovative visual devices and interpretations of the text found throughout the region.

See pp 4-7 in this issue...