Buddha

Radiant Awakening

Edited by Jackie Menzies

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February 8, 2003
192 pages, 10 x 12
150 color illus.
ISBN: 9780300098723
Paper

Distributed for the Art Gallery of New South Wales, Australia

Buddhism, a faith of perpetual evolution and regeneration, has flourished for over two thousand years and has been embraced by peoples of many cultures. Veneration for the Buddha in all his myriad forms has inspired glorious imagery that celebrates his beliefs. This magnificent book presents and discusses works of art from many countries that portray the life of Buddha and address the different ideas that have shaped the religion through the ages to the present day.

Buddha: Radiant Awakening provides illustrations of paintings, sculpture, metalwork, manuscripts, mandalas, and textiles, with images that range from early Indian sculptures to Japanese and Chinese scrolls, from a Tibetan tangka to a contemporary set of panels created from digital media. Each image is explained, and longer essays by authorities in the field discuss such topics as the life of Buddha, Buddhist cosmology, Buddha lands, and Buddhas of the past, present, and future. A comprehensive glossary is also included.

Lavishly illustrated with some 150 full-color photographs, this book offers a compelling example of the enduring fascination with and power of Buddha.

Jackie Menzies is head curator of Asian Art at the Art Gallery of New South Wales, Australia.

“The essays are indeed illuminating and well-written, as lucid an introduction to the broad range of Buddhist doctrine in relation to specific iconographic conventions as one is likely to find in a single volume. . . . These are some of the finest reproductions of Buddhist art I have seen. . . . Readers looking to purchase a single volume on Buddhist art will find this one a very worthwhile investment.”—John Renard, Religion and the Arts