Artist Francesco Clemente (b. 1952) is described as a man of three worlds- his native Italy, India, and New York. Beginning in the mid-seventies Clemente has performed a ritualistic pattern of travel between these 'three worlds,' which he still maintains today. From the time Clemente first traveled to India in the year 1973, his artwork has been heavily influenced by Indian iconography. Many art critics and scholars have interpreted the presence of Indian themes in Clemente's works. Some accuse Clemente of exploiting exotic culture for his own creative means, while others read the Indian imagery in his work as evidence of an actual engagement with the country. Many scholars have explored the Indian iconography in Clemente's works, however none have addressed the prevalence of Tantric imagery in his art. This paper will identify the evolution of Tantric themes in Clemente's art over the period of the 1970s, 80s, and 90s with the aim of providing evidence for Clemente's in-depth understanding of the principals of Tantric ideology.


Morrow, Kara


Art and Art History


History of Art, Architecture, and Archaeology | Theory and Criticism


francesco clemente, tantrism

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Bachelor of Arts

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Senior Independent Study Thesis



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