Saturday, May 10, 2008

the mystic's dream

this week I concluded the little mini course, introduction to tibetan art, offered by the cleveland museum of art. tibetan art is very complex and complicated and in three weeks we barely scratched the surface, the instructor indicated that she would like to offer a follow-up to this series. I hope she does. in the meantime I'll check out some of the books she recommends (I'm particularly interested in this book).

one week we were treated to a very up close and personal view of four objects from the museum's permanent collection. the magnificent green tara painting, a detail of which is pictured above, illustrates the complexity of tibetan art and how each piece warrants meditation. this makes the appreciation of each piece a bit of a spiritual journey for the viewer. one of the other objects that was incredibly complex is the sculpture referred to as the "loving couple" which is a symbolic visualization of wisdom and compassion.

if you are interested in viewing other pictures I took the week we had a peek go here.

loreena mckennitt's the mystic's dream (1994)

photos: top - green tara, tibet 1261-1270; bottom - hevajra, tibet, 17th century

9 comments:

Barbara said...

This is just one more reminder of the richness of the Tibetan culture.

Gary said...

Kimy- The museum post is just about finished (finally!) so check out your beautiful pictures there later today. Thanks again for joining us and adding your creative eye to day.

tut-tut said...

Perfectly paired music for inspiration while viewing your great pictures . . .

zquilts said...

OOOOOOOOHHHHHH ! I love theswe treasures! What a great class that must have been !

Steve said...

Fascinating! Next time you come to NYC we should check out the Rubin museum of Buddhist art, which is heavily focused on Himalayan and Tibetan art. I've never been there but I've always been curious...

jenclair said...

What a wonderful opportunity! I hope they do offer a follow-up course so you can share some more.

mouse (aka kimy) said...

barb - indeed!

gary - your post was great. It was a great gift to have joined you and your class.

tut-tut - loreena's music is magic and inspiration

z- if you didn't click on the statute - the larger image is amazing!

steve - our instructor mentioned the rubin museum several times, I wish I had known about it before my recent trip to nyc. I look forward to visiting it with you next trip to the city.

jenclair -I'm keeping my figures crossed and will keep an eye out for the new offerings on tibetan art.

Lee's River/Zlatovyek said...

gorgeous gorgeous gorgeous

TheElementary said...

That first one is a stunning picture. It's what art should be, I think. Those colours are so vibrant. I don't very much about art but I know what strikes me and what awes me. I think that's all that matters. Thanks for sharing this.