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Lecture | Masterclass IIAS/LIAS

Piety and devotion. 16th-century murals in the Virabhadra Temple in Lepakshi, India

Friday 7 October 2022
Rijksmuseum Amsterdam
Museumstraat 1
1071 XX Amsterdam
Piety and Devotion. 16th-century murals in the Virabhadra Temple in Lepakshi, India.

Everyone is warmly invited to this year’s IIAS/Rijksmuseum lecture at the Rijksmuseum Amsterdam.
Admission is free; registration via the IIAS website is required.

This free public lecture will be delivered by Indian art historian Professor Anna L. Dallapiccola, who will speak on the subject of Piety and Devotion. 16th-century murals in the Virabhadra Temple in Lepakshi, India.

Please note that this is a live event on location only.

The lecture

Tucked away in the remote village of Lepakshi in south-western Andhra Pradesh, merely two hours from Bangalore International Airport, is one of the finest Vijayanagara period temples.

Dedicated to Virabhadra, an awe-inspiring aspect of Shiva, this temple was probably built between 1531 and 1538. Its patrons were two brothers, Virapanna and Viranna, governors of Penukonda. This is one of the few monuments of the period not to have suffered disfiguring additions, or have lost their original carvings and ceiling paintings. Its architecture, sculptures and paintings showcase the finest achievements in southern India during the first half of the sixteenth century. Particularly important are the paintings, considering that all other evidences of Vijayanagara painting in southern India have disappeared, or have deteriorated so severely as to be almost unrecognisable.


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