Buddhist Artistic Expressions of Enlightenment – a talk by Dr Kurt Behrendt
This special talk is part of the Gandhara Connections project’s regular programme of collaborations with museums. Dr Kurt Behrendt, the curator responsible for the Gandharan works in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, will use this remarkable collection as a springboard for exploring ancient Buddhist art.
The online talk will be followed by the chance to ask questions through the Crowdcast platform, and a recording will later go on the Classical Art Research Centre’s website www.carc.ox.ac.uk/GandharaConnections
Kurt Behrendt has been at The Met since 2006. He has curated a series of exhibitions, including Bodhisattvas of Wisdom, Compassion and Power (2021), Seeing the Divine: Pahari Painting of North India (2018), Tibet and India (2014), and Buddhism along the Silk Road (2012) , and has published widely on the Buddhist art of the Indian subcontinent. Ongoing field research in India, Pakistan, Nepal, and Tibet provides a foundation for his exhibitions and publications. His 1997 PhD from UCLA was published as the book The Buddhist Architecture of Gandhara (Leiden: Brill, 2004).
The Gandhara Connections project is an initiative by the Classical Art Research Centre at the University of Oxford to pool knowledge and stimulate new insights into Gandharan art and its links to Greece and Rome, thousands of kilometres to the west.