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By Andrew Graham-Dixon

“This booklet resees its topic with infrequent readability and gear as a painter for the twenty first century.”—Hilary Spurling, New York occasions ebook Review

In a bravura functionality, Andrew Graham-Dixon explores Caravaggio’s spectacular inventive achievements, delving into the unique Italian assets to create a masterful profile of the mercurial painter. This New York Times and Washington Post outstanding ebook of the yr positive aspects greater than 80 full-color reproductions of the artist’s most sensible work.

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Ba 11gkok Natio1wl Musew11 ) Below: This figure of Avalokitesvara, 21 cn1. tall, dates from the 6th cwtury a11d is the earliest hro11ze image of a Bodhisattva fou11d in Thailand. (PI1ra Narai Nat . 35 meter 7th-century sto11e Vishnu, heauilyiHjlunrced by the Pallaua style of l11dia, was the central fig~tre of a group of three which were mclosed by two trees i11 the area of Takua Pa. Vandals mt off its head. tlter study showed that the head had hew added at a Ia ter date to replace the origi11al head.

The largest known is the 14th century, eight-meter-tall seated Phra Sri Sakyamuni Buddha image created in Sukhothai and moved from that city's Wat Mahathat to Bangkok's Wat Suthat by King Rama I. Many early bronze Buddhas were covered in gold leaf. In the Lop Buri period, the image's eyes were fashioned of metal while in the Lanna and Bangkok periods, colored gemstones or enamel were used for the eyes. Good stone is scarce in Thailand but there are several pieces, notably of Hindu figures, which testify to the skill of the Thai sculptors in carving the material into statues of great beauty.

Prak11 K11a IHII11S011t ma 11aja ra collectio11) 64 Below: Buddha descmdi11g from Tavatimsa Heaven and displayiHg the vitarka mudra with both ha11ds, a Dvaravati coHventioH. 10 meters, the largest Dvaravati bronze image yet found. Discovered at Ba11 Fai i11 Buri Ram Provi11ce. {Ba11gkok National Museum} Over the centuries, Dvaravati advanced from plateau to plateau, each more impressive than the one before. In the 9th and 1Oth centuries, Dvaravati fell under the political influence of Srivijaya to the south but succeeded in maintaining the integrity of its art.

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