Prof. Deborah Klimburg-Salter will speak on discovering Tibet.
Oriental Institute (Pusey Lane), Lecture Room 1
The Tucci expeditions
The Tucci expeditions, averaging 6 months each, from 1928-1948 played a central role in the documentation, acquisition, and dissemination of knowledge about Tibetan culture in the early 20th century. In addition to hundreds of Tibetan and Sanskrit manuscripts he also collected over 200 portable paintings —125 of them are today in the National Museum of Oriental Art in Rome. This lecture focuses on selected paintings from this collection recently cleaned and restored to their original brilliance. The paintings will be contextualized both through Tucci’s own observations and the dramatic photographs taken during the Tucci expeditions, as well as the most recent art historical research.
Prof. Deborah Klimburg-Salter is based at the University of Vienna. Her research ranges from Buddhist art history in northern India to Indian and Tibetan manuscript painting until the fifteenth century.