Written in Stone: Traces of Medieval Architects

26 March 2021

Medieval architects, sculptors, and other creators have left their names on the temples and landscapes they shaped. This talk argues that these writings in stone are eloquent records of how premodern makers represented themselves to one another and their various publics. The talk’s centerpiece is the architect of Pattadakal’s royal Virupaksha Temple (mid-8th century), whom the speaker presents alongside an array of other creators from the Malaprabha river valley in northern Karnataka.

Watch the video below.



Subhashini Kaligotla

Subhashini Kaligotla is Assistant Professor in the Department of Art History at Yale University. Her research focuses on sacred architecture — Buddhist, Hindu and Jain — wit... Read More