Comparison or thesis of the mural: Buddha of Medicine Bhaishajyaguru
So, my paper is a 5 page paper pertaining to Bhaishajyaguru, a Large scale mural at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Here is a link to the mural:
There has to be a thesis statement, but it can also be a comparison of it to another object at the MET.
Here is an example of my writing; it is a formal analysis of the mural
It doesnt have to be the best, I need something that will pass. I am a Freshman in college.
Buddha of Medicine Bhaishajyaguru (Yaoshi fo)
The mural depicted on the display at the Metropolitan Museum of Art of the Budhha of Medicine is a giant masterpiece. At twenty-four feet and eight inches high, and forty-nine feet seven inches wide, this is not something that can be missed when walking by. This work of art was a gift of Arthur M. Sackler, in honor of his parents Issac and Sophie Sackler; given in 1965. It dates back to the Yuan Dynasty (1271-1368) circa 1319 A.D. The medium is a water-based pigment over a foundation of clay, mixed with straw. The mural was made in China.
There are eight total sides to this piece. It is in the shape of two rectangles, the bottom one much bigger and the top one about half the size and centered; placed right on top of the bottom rectangle. There are deities placed throughout the painting, in the heaven of Bhaishajyaguru. Bhaishajyaguru is the medicine buddha, and in this piece is sitting on a throne in the middle of everybody. He is gathered around by other deities, or assemblymen. These other deities are composed around him in accordance to their superiority. There are two that stand behind him, closer than all, named Candraprabha and Yueguang Pusa. These are Bhaishajyagurus attendant bodhisattvas. Two secondary bodhisattvas stand below him, both carrying an object (monks staff and medicine bowl). The two ends of the lower portion of the mural contain the Twelve Guardian Generals, which personify Bhaishajyagurus vow to help all in need. There are also two large figures that are sitting on each side of Bhaishajyaguru. These are two unidentifiable beings; most likely they are servants.
The picture itself is extremely appealing. It does look like it has gone through much wear and tear, but everything is still visible in it. There is no real use of shadow and light; everything is one shade. Use of thick and thin lines can be seen. The background is a light brown color, and the main colors entail mostly shades of green and brown. There is a little bit of blue up on the top of the mural, which is the sky. There are also hints of red places, though Bhaishajyaguru is the only one with a red robe on. This stands out very much draws the vieweras attention to him. Surrounding Bhaishajyagurus head is a big halo. He is sitting cross legged, with his right foot showing. The right hand is up in the air as if he is holding something, and the left hand is down. With his eyes closed, it is obvious the Bhaishajyaguru is in a meditative stance. Everybody in the picture besides the Temple Guardians have halos around their heads. All of the bodies in the picture are ornately decorated, all except Bhaishajyaguru himself. This signifies the simplicity that this culture praises so much.
This piece is the Chinese cultures idea of Nirvana. This mural is the heaven of Bhaishajyaguru, and the ideal place that all would want to get to in the afterlife. It portrays peacefulness and calamity. The message is clear and succinct; it portrays the values of the Chinese culture during this time.