Nepalese-Inspired Tibetan Painting Style the Subject of Exhibition


NEW YORK, NY.- For centuries Tibetans looked to their Buddhist heartland, India, for spiritual inspiration. During the second spread of Buddhism to Tibet, they also faithfully reproduced the sacred art of the Pala kingdom in northeastern India. But when Turkic raiders destroyed India’s key monasteries in 1203, Indian Buddhism was wiped out, leaving Tibetan artists to turn to Nepal for artistic inspiration. Not only was Nepal the only nearby surviving center of traditional Buddhist art, it was also home to the Newar artists of the Kathmandu Valley, who were well known and sought out for their extraordinary skill in painting, sculpture, and wood working. Basing their works originally on Indian models, the Newars gradually developed their own distinctive style. Within a generation after the disappearance of Indian Buddhism, Tibetans had learned and begun to widely employ the Newar style, or Beri as it is now known. The style first took root