Comparing the European and Hindu art, Dr. Ernest Binfield Havell says: "European art has, as it were its wings clipped: it knows only the beauty of earthly things. Indian art, soaring into the highest empyrean, is ever trying to bring down to earth something of the beauty of the things above."
(source: Indian Sculpture and Painting - By Ernest Binfield Havell Elibron Classics reprint. Paperback. New. Based on 1908 edition by John Murray, London. p.24 - 69). ..
Speaking in 1908 of the influence of Indian Art on the art of Europe and Asia, Mr. E. B. Havell says:
“In the early centuries of the Christian era, and from this Indian source, came the inspiration of the great school of Chinese painting, which from the seventh to the thirteenth centuries stood first in the whole world…The influence of India’s artistic culture can be clearly traced, not only in Byzantine Art, but in the Gothic cathedrals of the middle Ages. Europe is very apt to dwell upon the influence of Western #Art
upon Asiatic thought, religion and culture upon the Art and #Civilization
is rarely appraised at its proper value….From the seaports of her Western and Eastern coasts, India at this time sent streams of colonists, missionaries and craftsmen all over Southern Asia, Ceylon, Siam and far-distant Cambodia. Through China and Korea, Indian Art entered Japan about the middle of the sixth century. About A.D. 603 Indian colonists from Gujarat brought Indian Art into Java, and at Borobudur, in the 8th and 9th centuries Indian #Sculpture
achieved its greatest triumphs. Some day when European #Art
criticism has widened its present narrow horizon, and learnt the foolishness of using the art standards of Greece and Italy as a tape wherewith to measure and appraise the communings of Asia with the Universal and the Infinite, it will grant the nameless sculptors of India an honorable place among the greatest artists the world have ever known.”
"Europe of the present day has in art far more to learn from India than to teach!" #indialicks #indianarts #indianartists #indiaarts #artchitecture #indology