The Pre-History of Illustrating the Bhagavata Purana and Its Continuation in Later Times

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Exhange of Babes, ca. 450 CE. Devgarh, Uttar Pradesh, India. Photo by Daniel Ehnbohm.

The Pre-History of Illustrating the Bhagavata Purana and Its Continuation in Later Times

Daniel Ehnbom
September 22, 2020
10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Pacific Time
Zoom Webinar
$15 per person Society members; $20 per person non-members. Advance registration must be received by the SAA by September 15, 2020.

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It seems obvious that a text cannot be illustrated before it is composed, but as it so often does India provides exceptions. Notable among these is the Bhagavata Purana, composed (in South India?) around the end of the 1st millennium of the Common Era. When illustrated versions of the text finally merge in the 16th century, they draw on and elaborate a rich visual tradition preserved in stone that well predates the composition of the text itself and continues into the modern period.

Daniel Ehnbom received his PhD From the University of Chicago. In the last few years, he was Adjunct Curator of Asian Art at the University of Virginia Art Museum and was formerly Director of the UVA Center for South Asian Studies. He is the author of numerous books and articles including Indian Miniatures: The Ehrenfeld Collection and The Realms of Earth and Sky: Indian Painting from the 15th to the 19th Century. He retired from the McIntire Department of Art in May 2020.

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