Thought behind the thought
We are always in pursuit of excellence! To be better than others is at times, the only definition of excellence that we accept. But is it really so? In fact, being better than others is hardly a scale by which to measure excellence.
Real excellence comes from bettering yourself, being better today than what you were yesterday, acquiring knowledge and skills that you did not previously have, learning new ways of being the best. It is really about conquering your own self!
About the art
The first name that comes to my mind when I think of conquering my own self is that of Buddha, the enlightened one! We, in India, venerate him for his teachings and the eight fold path that he showed us for bettering ourselves. Almost all art that depicts the Buddha, be it painting or sculpture, always communicates a sense of serenity that comes out of being the master of your own heart, mind and soul.
Image of Buddha in stone (source: website of the Sarnath museum)
Graphics prepared by designjatra, based on original analytical images from the book
An in -depth study reveals even finer points of proportioning, an important aspect for achieving excellence in visual art. It also brings a sense of organisation and preciseness to the art, adding visual serenity to the composition, heightened by the closed eyes and serene facial expression.
The above study is based on the analysis presented in the book Concepts of Space Ancient and Modern By Ms. Kapila Vatsyayan, a leading Indian scholar of classical Indian dance, Indian art and Indian architecture and art historian. She was the founding director of the Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts, Delhi, and continues as its chairperson.
Credit and source of information
Concepts of Space Ancient and Modern By Ms. Kapila Vatsyayan (http://ignca.nic.in/ks_10.htm)