Art of the Buddhist World: History and Conservation

Digital image of a Buddhist temple depicting the roof and a large statue of Buddha i Digital reconstruction of the the Ten Thousand Buddhas Pavilion (Wanfoge) in Beijing Zhihua Temple (1444). Courtesy of the Dispersed Chinese Art Digitalization Project (DCADP), University of Chicago and Xi’an Jiaotong Univeristy.

Art of the Buddhist World: History and Conservation presents a series of lectures and workshops exploring the current fields of Buddhist art from across Asia.

During Autumn and Spring Terms, leading speakers in Buddhist art history present focused research from across a range of Buddhist geographies, temporalities, and methodologies, including Southeast Asia, Japan, China, South Asia, and the Himalayas. In Summer Term, three roundtables will address the intersections of conservation, art history, and site-based research, as we explore Bamiyan and West Asia; Dunhuang and Central Asia; and thangka painting. Over the course of the year, this rich variety of public events aims to present and expand our understanding about the state of the field in Buddhist art and the contemporary challenges facing art historians and conservators in studying, working in, and preserving Buddhist monuments across Asia.

Convenors: Sussan Babaie, Austin Nevin, Stephen Whiteman

Organised in collaboration with the Robert H.N. Ho Family Foundation Centre for Buddhist Art and Conservation.

The Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation Centre for Buddhist Art and Conservation at The Courtauld was established by a generous endowment in 2012 from the Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation.

Previous events

Photograph of a large statue of Buddha in a lying position


Recreating Angkorian Worlds: Out of Chaos

6:00pm, 15 Mar 2022 | Free, booking essential

This talk will examine the reclining Buddha and Vishnu figures sculpted into the landscape of Angkor’s Kulen Mountains as embodying a site-specific re-birthing of the world. ...