Art is the manifestation of the joy of the infinite through the finite soul. Some writers equate it to intuition. The contribution of Buddhism to art is two fold, national and universal. What has been a disjointed art tradition in a particular country becomes unified into national art under the impetus of Buddhism.
It has been argued that if a sense of continuity is the keynote of Buddhist art the continuity of Buddhism as a living religion is through its particular art values, distinct from those of Greece or Rome and even from the much closer Hindu Art.