Situ Panchen

Situ Panchen (hanging scroll from a Pelpung Set of Masters of the Combined Kagyu Lineages, Kham Province, Eastern Tibet), c. 1760s, pigments on cloth, 175.9 x 91.4 cm (Rubin Museum of Art, New York City)

speakers: Dr. Karl Debreczeny, Senior Curator, Collections and Research, Rubin Museum of Art and Dr. Steven Zucker

Rubin Museum senior curator Dr. Karl Debreczeny and Smarthistory’s Dr. Steven Zucker look at a painting of one of the great scholars and polymaths of the 18th century, Situ Panchen. As leader of the Karma Kagyu school of Buddhism at a time of its near eclipse, Situ Panchen revitalized the arts of southeastern Tibet and wrote widely about the arts.

The Rubin Museum of Art has teamed up with Smarthistory to bring you an ‘up-close’ look at select objects from the Rubin’s preeminent collection of Himalayan art. Featuring conversations with senior curators and close-looking at art, this video series is an accessible introduction to the art and material culture of the Tibetan, Himalayan, and Inner Asian regions. Learn about the living traditions and art-making practices of the Himalayas from the past to today.

Learn more about Situ Panchen on Project Himalayan Art, a resource from the Rubin for learning about Himalayan, Tibetan, and Inner Asian art and cultures:

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Images: Portrait of Situ Panchen (1700–1774), from a Pelpung set of Masters of the Combined Kagyu Lineages; Pelpung Monastery, Derge, Kham region, eastern Tibet; ca. 1760s; pigments on cotton; Rubin Museum of Art; C2003.29.2 (HAR 65279)


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