Tibetan Thangkas on display in Tianjin
July,27 2016 BY Master Catherine Jigme 0 COMMENTS
Tibetan Thangkas are on display in Tianjin art gallery. Thangka means "silk, satin or cloth painting scroll." Thangka is characterized by a precise, balanced, and lifelike style. The painting methods are mainly bright colors and stencil-like lines. Images are mostly comprised of Buddhas, or depictions of eminent monks and folk customs. In 2006, Thangka paintings were added to China's National Intangible Cultural Heritage list. Nowadays, there are more than 400 Thangka painters in Tibet, creating hundreds of Thangka scrolls each year.
More than 100 original Thangka scrolls are on display in Tianjin. It's a celebration of centuries-old Tibetan art. More than 100 classic Thangka paintings created by 50 Thangka painters are on display in Tianjin. Many locals flocked to the exhibition to enjoy a closer look at the ancient Tibetan art.
The exhibition aims to show visitors the art of Thangka paintings, as well as the fruits of protection and inheritance of this ancient art. The quality of the exhibited Thangka paintings is very good. Visitors will get a deeper understanding of the art of Thangka, its history, development, its painting schools and skills.
Thangka is a Nepalese art form exported to Tibet 13-hundred years ago, when Nepal's princess married the ruler of the high land. The history of the art form in Nepal began in 11th century AD when Buddhists and Hindus began to create illustrations of the deities and the natural landscape.
Realizing the great demand for religious icons in Tibet, artists from Nepal, along with monks and traders, brought a number of Buddhist manuscripts. To keep up with the increasing demand, Nepalese artists created a new type of religious painting on cloth that could be easily rolled up and carried along with them. This type of painting became very popular both in Nepal and Tibet, and thus, the Thangka painting came into being.
If you are interested in Tibetan Thangka paintings, you are suggested to travel to Tibet to watch the process of making Thangkas.
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