Thursday, February 20, 2014

Behind the Layers

Bongwonsa Temple, Seoul
Although I find the highly intricate paintings on temples to be exquisitely beautiful, the faded scenes also attract my attention. What stories do these flecking paints or stained surfaces have to tell us? How do the processes of pigment application vary from when the murals were first created? What devotion the artists must have had, painstakingly rendering each detail. What would they think to see their designs all faded away?
Thanjavur Hindu temple, India

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