Art from Home: Stories of Cultural Connections
Louvre Abu Dhabi brings the museum to you by telling stories about the art works on loans from our partners and from our collection through video, audio and activities that can be downloaded for children
While the Museum is temporarily closed, we’ll be sharing a selection of artwork highlights every few days.
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Buddha head Gupta empire
Carved out of a block of red sandstone, this head depicts the Buddha deep in meditation. His eyes half-closed and lowered, it seems as if he is no longer of this world. The Buddha’s inward-looking gaze is characteristic of the aesthetic of the Gupta era in the 3rd and 4th centuries CE, the golden age of Indian civilisation. From an artistic point of view, this period was a phase of classicism, marked by a subtle balance between realism and the idealisation of forms.
LAD 2012.003| 51 x 36 x 22 cm
Buddha head Eastern Wei
Sculpted in the mid-6th century, this Buddha head in white marble came from a temple or chapel in northern China. Buddhism was introduced to China in the 1st century, brought from India by pilgrims and traders travelling along the Silk Road. In the north of the country it led to the construction of colossal monasteries, founded, in some cases, at the direct initiative of the sovereigns.
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SIMPLE AND EASY ACTIVITIES FOR CHILDREN
Designed for children and families, download these interactive activities to enjoy from the comfort of your home