Discoveries at the British Library

The British Library sounds like a great place to work -- or, at least, to go exploring.  "By chance I noticed this entirely unknown illustrated copy of Firdawsi’s Shahnamah a few weeks ago," writes Ursula Sims-Williams in the library's Asian and African studies blog.  The manuscript has 48 paintings signed by the 17th-century Persian artist Muhammad Yusuf -- … Continue reading Discoveries at the British Library

One very good answer to a difficult question

Curators of non-Western art struggle over whether to exhibit contemporary art in so-called regional galleries --  Chinese, South Asian, African -- or to showcase them in galleries devoted to Contemporary art.   After all, today's art scene is global and, indeed, has been for a long time, ever since imperial powers taught European art history and techniques … Continue reading One very good answer to a difficult question

A constellation of yogas

So many yogas, so little time…  and so few words.  In my WSJ review of "Yoga: The Art of Transformation" at the Smithsonian's Sackler, I did not have the space to single out an 8th-century ivory carving from Kashmir.  Less than five inches tall, it draws you into the story of the Buddha as he adopts,  then rejects … Continue reading A constellation of yogas