A Spiritual Masterpiece: The Gupta Period Buddha Image of India

Robert Brown, UCLA and LACMA

A joint program of HCBSS and Stanford Continuing Studies
TT & WF Chao Lectures on Buddhist Art 2010-11

Sculpture from the Gupta Period (4th-6th c CE) of India is usually considered the supreme aesthetic and spiritual accomplishment of Indian art history. It is also during this period when a type of Buddha image was created at Sarnath, where the Buddha gave his First Sermon, which is thought to have changed the way the Buddha was imagined, not only in India but throughout the Buddhist world. The talk proposes why Gupta-period sculpture became so highly regarded by modern viewers, and why the Sarnath Buddha image was of such influence both in and outside of India.

Saturday, November 20, 2010 | 1:00 pm — 4:00 pm
Annenberg Auditorium, Cummings Art Building

Ho Center for Buddhist Studies at Stanford