In continuing their groundbreaking work to understand and make accessible the complexity of Tibetan art, Marylin Rhie and Robert Thurman have produced a second volume devoted to the study of tangka painting. Their earlier volume, Wisdom and Compassion: The Sacred Art of Tibet offered a significant introduction and analysis of Tibetan sacred painting. Worlds of Transformation furthers our understanding of this art, opening our imagination to the limitless possibilities of life itself. The tangkas, from the collections of Shelley and Donald Rubin, span the 12th through 20th centuries and the spectrum of Tibetan artistic schools.
This monumental volume presents an analysis of each painting in terms of iconography and religious meaning, style, regional lineage and sources. Each painting is reproduced in color and most are published here for the first time. In addition, an essay by David Jackson offers an excellent overview on paintings from the Kagyupa order.