This book is the first attempt since 1949, when Giuseppe Tucci published his monumental opus on Tibetan painting, to present a lucid and concise analysis of the styles and aesthetics of Tibetan thankas. Most books on Tibetan art are devoted largely to iconography, but in this volume the author has written a history of the various styles of thankas that prevailed in Tibet between the eleventh and the nineteenth centuries. The interest of this book lies also in the emphasis on the fact that the author has placed particular earlier styles which flourished between the eleventh and the fifteenth centuries.
The book is profusely illustrated with one hundred and fifteen color plates and several black and white illustrations. While the color thankas from plates reproduce a number of well-known major museums and collections, the majority of the thankas have not been published heretofore. Both in terms of the illustrations and the text, the book will remain an important contribution to the thankas. history of