Dr. Karen Shelby


About Dr. Karen Shelby

Dr. Karen Shelby is an Assistant Professor of Art History at Baruch College, The City University of New York. Her research focuses on the visual culture of Flemish nationalism in the Great War. Her book, Flemish Nationalism and the Great War: The Politics of Memory, Visual Culture and Commemoration, will be published in spring 2014.


Stupa 3, 1st c., Sanchi, India (photo: Nagarjun Kandukuru, CC: BY 2.0)
A mound of dirt or the body of the Buddha? These sacred sites give practitioners insight into the Four Noble Truths.

The stupa


Cave 19, Ajanta Caves
From simple assembly halls to expansive rock caves, buildings for Buddhist monks grew in complexity over time.

Buddhist Monasteries



Ashokan pillar, c. 279 B.C.E. - 232 B.C.E, Vaishali, India (where Buddha preached his last sermon). Photo: Rajeev Kumar, CC: BY-SA 2.5)
Topped with lions and lotus flowers, these ancient stone columns provide early evidence of the Buddhist faith.

The Pillars of Ashoka



Chaitya (monastic monument hall) at Bhaja, India
From simple assembly halls to expansive rock caves, buildings for Buddhist monks grew in complexity over time.

Buddhist monasteries


Stupa introductory image, great stupa of Sanchi
A mound of dirt or the body of the Buddha? These sacred sites give practitioners insight into the Four Noble Truths.

The stupa