Art History Expert Walter Spink Discusses His Exploration and Preservation Work In The Ajanta Caves of India

This event was held on March 24, 2009 at Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

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Join us as Professor Walter Spink, internationally known art history expert will speak and show slides from his exploration and preservation work of the Ajanta Caves in India. The Ajanta Caves are rock-cut cave monuments dating from the second century B.C. containing paintings and sculpture considered to be masterpieces of both Buddhist religious art and universal pictorial art. They were used by Buddhist monks as prayer halls (chaitya grihas) and monasteries (viharas) for about nine centuries, and then were abruptly abandoned. They fell into oblivion until they were rediscovered in 1819.

Walter M. Spink, Ph.D. (1954), Harvard, is Professor Emeritus, History of Art, at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. He has published widely on Indian Art in general, and Ajanta and related sites in particular and continues to travel, lecture, and work at the Ajanta Cave site.

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