Item description for Goddesses of the Celestial Gallery by Romio Shrestha...
In the tradition of Celestial Gallery, this unique collection of striking Tibetan-style Mandala paintings of the Goddesses of the Celestial Gallery are presented together for the first time, in this distinctive format. Each work is hand-bound and stands two feet tall, reproduced from the master painter Romio Shrestha and his team of artisan monks, who render postmodern interpretations of an age-old Tibetan artistic tradition. Made from malachite, lapis and marigolds and painted at times with just three hairs of a cat's tail, these paintings are produced in hauntingly powerful detail. Goddesses depicted include: "the goddesses of the arts" Saraswati; "the Divine Mother" White Tara a protector and preserver; "the Protectress " Green Tara : "the Dark Goddesses" Palden Lhamo, guardian of the lineage of the Dalai Lamas; and Kali, a wild and uncontrollable consort of Shiva, a devotee of time and keeper of the shadows within ourselves.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 24.4" Width: 17.3" Height: 0.7" Weight: 4.45 lbs.
Release Date Nov 10, 2006
Publisher Mandala Publishing
ISBN 1932771891 ISBN13 9781932771893
Availability 3 units. Availability accurate as of Oct 25, 2016 08:09.
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More About Romio Shrestha
Romio Shrestha is a modern master of the Indo-Nepali-Tibetan Buddhist traditions of enlightenment art, and his thangkas can be found in many of the great collections of the world, including the British Museum, the Victoria Albert Museum, the Buchheim Museum, the American Museum of Natural History, the Tibet House in New York City, and the Newark Museum in New Jersey. He directs a school of artist-craftsmen in the Kathmandu Valley of Tibet.
Reviews - What do customers think about Goddesses of the Celestial Gallery?
Much Ado about "nothing"!!!!!!! Aug 6, 2008
In this case size doesnt matter, there is none of the range or diversity of the first version....not much variation.
Assuming you make it through to the end without being TARA-fried!!!!..you will find the size and color ends up being themes of Tara in what amounts to redundant tantric victorian wallpaper.
It leaves the realm of art and takes on a Buddhism gone Peter Max type of pop commercialism..... oh look another swirly over stylized Tara.
This must have been a very rushed commercial decision as we know the exceptional skill range of the artist involved.
Page after page of stylized designs...and not enough range or coverage of the complete pantheon .....a few gratuitous goddess tossed in, but none of the exceptional diversity of the first in this series.
Color quality has a waxy look so dont really know if this is a pure digital ink printing process....can have an almost over saturated waxy color at times.
If on the other hand Tara is your girl, then these will provide you with an endless supply of Taramate of the month glossy pinups....just a tad too slick leaving the realm of religion and entering the domain of victoriam tea room wallpaper. It almost has a calculated contrived aesthetic based on formula art and design.
Only two steps away from using paisley step and repeat patterns.
I am sure there will be an enormous amount of people who will love the huge size and over the top color.....so for that group it is a great book you wont be disappointed if you are a pop Buddhist.
I would not have misused a great artist this way.
But lets keep going as the great art skill is there and the concept is great.
So lets try this next time:
1) Do the complete Tibetan book of the Dead, all stages, all days, and focus more on the vast range of deities and not so much on ornamental stylization. Cut the size in half but increase the range, number, and diverstiy of images.
2) Tackle the complexity of the variation of zoomorphic deities in the Heruka late stages....communicate the energy of the theme not the cliche of tha artistic style.
3) Tone down the splash color and pick up more details and compositional variation.
4) Follow that up with the Kalachakra but break that down to the deities and symbols at all the layers.....and take a walk through the cemetaries.
The first book was great, this book is just too narrow and redundant.and over commercially stylized.
The first book seemed a more authentic attempt....
Actually my criticism is complimentary, I know there is greatness here....I think things like the book of the dead would push this into an area of a broader range of creativity.
Beautiful book Jun 2, 2008
Beautiful book more than two feet tall! The pages can be detached for posters, although the opposite page has wonderful information about each Goddess.
This book is the same as ISBN 1932771972, although the cover art is a slightly different picture of White Tara. The version 1932771972 has 12 large, full-color Goddess cards included.
Awful edition Jan 20, 2008
I am really disappointed to see the poor edition of this book the images are not complete and they cut the buddhas over the head of the Goddesses, I have bought Celestial Gallery before and thought "Goddesses" will be of the same quality but it is very far from it. The editors must take care that all the paintings' details appear correctly.
Inspiration Oct 20, 2007
it is an art piece that inspires, open our vision toward another dimension. It invites us to feel the Beauty within and around us..