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New Light on Early Art Forms of the Indian Subcontinent

Thursday, June 27, 2013
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New Light on Early Art Forms of the Indian Subcontinent
June 27, 2013 through September 15, 2013
The exhibition focuses on the significant tradition of depicting religious and philosophical beliefs through sculpture. These sculptures advocate a peaceful outlook on life which expresses the beauty of Indian culture.

Archeological sculptures-some of which date back to the third millennium B.C. - depict anthropomorphic images of multiple deities representing Buddhism, Jain and the beginning of Hinduism. The objects, most of which were carved from stone and excavated near the Ganges delta, were discovered in burial mounds, monasteries and on building facades throughout the Indian subcontinent. The reliefs and figural steles reveal the complex cultural influences - from Scytho-Parthian to Greco-Roman traditions - that fed the extraordinary artistic production of this region from the third century B.C. through fifth century A.D.

"These ancient sculpted works, including the beautiful figures, mythical creatures and terracotta reliefs, have a visceral effect on the viewer," said Faustino Quintanilla, Executive Director, QCC Art Gallery. "The reliefs, for example, are fascinating to ponder because they are part of a larger mural or story."

Website: http://www.qcc.cuny.edu/artgallery/