Visualizing Dunhuang: Seeing, Studying, and Conserving the Caves
by Dora C. Y. Ching (Editor), Shengliang Zhao (Contributor), Cary Y. Liu (Contributor), Neville Agnew (Contributor), Richard K. Kent (Contributor), Jerome Silbergeld (Contributor), Maria Menshikova (Contributor), Wei-Cheng Lin (Contributor), Annette Juliano (Contributor), Roderick Whitfield (Contributor), Jun Hu (Contributor)
A beautifully illustrated study of the caves at Dunhuang, exploring how this important Buddhist site has been visualized from its creation to today
Situated at the crossroads of the northern and southern routes of the ancient silk routes in western China, Dunhuang is one of the richest Buddhist sites in the world, with more than 500 richly decorated cave temples constructed between the fourth and fourteenth centuries. The sculptures, murals, portable paintings, and manuscripts found in the Mogao and Yulin Caves at Dunhuang represent every aspect of Buddhism. From its earliest construction to the present, this location has been visualized by many individuals, from the architects, builders, and artists who built the caves to twentieth-century explorers, photographers, and conservators, as well as contemporary artists.