VMFA is home to one of America’s premier collections of Greater Indian and Himalayan art. Click on the image for a virtual view of VMFA’s South Asian Galleries which feature Indian and Himalayan art. Here you can get an idea of the kinds of objects on display in the museum. When you come to the museum you will be visiting this gallery and exploring just a few of these objects.
As you take a look around consider:
Yes! There are examples of sculpture, paintings, architecture, textiles, and decorative art made by Indian, Nepalese, and Tibetan artists. By caring for and studying these objects in museums like VMFA, we are able to connect with artists from the diverse cultures of this region, consider how they understood the world around them, and explore how they visually shared stories and ideas with one another.
Fortunately, you don’t have to be a scholar or an art specialist to take a closer look and begin exploring. All you need is a little bit of time and some curiosity!
Use these simple steps to take a closer look at this Indian sculpture:
This sculpture is… (you can write anything— a single word, a full thought, even a question).
Now I think this sculpture is… (elaborate on your first idea).
The artist seems interested in…
Now you’ve looked at this object for at least 30 seconds. Look at your list of sentences. You’ve just connected with an artwork made over 850 years ago! Click on the image to find out more about this object. What are you still curious about? What other ideas do you have?