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

INDIAN PAINTERS: FROM THE SHADOWS INTO THE LIMELIGHT

Indian painters, whether they worked for emperors or Rajputs, most probably never cowered in the shadows -- I imagine the workshops they worked in had just the right amount of daylight needed for them to apply brush to palm-leaf and, from about 1500 onward, to paper.  But in the way art historians have in the … Continue reading INDIAN PAINTERS: FROM THE SHADOWS INTO THE LIMELIGHT

LYING TO TELL THE TRUTH

Truth -- or rather, expressing the truth is such a slippery thing. When I was writing  my review of "Felice Beato: A Photographer on the Eastern Road" at the Getty Center, I ended up  looking at lots of 19th-century photographs.   What struck me was how some resorted to lying in order to tell the … Continue reading LYING TO TELL THE TRUTH