Art: The Way to Nirvana

Nepalese art, in the historical sense, was born yesterday. For the ancient kingdom of Nepal, hemmed in as it was by the highest Himalayas, remained largely cut off from the outside world until a road to its capital of Katmandu was opened ten years ago. The first scholar to study its art thoroughly was a University of Pennsylvania professor named Stella Kramrisch, who, after 25 years in India, spent six months there in 1962. The Nepalese were truly grateful, for, until she came, they had no idea what was great art and what was...

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