Himalayas: An Aesthetic Adventure / Edition 1

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This sweeping survey of the artistic achievements of Himalayan culture is the first major exhibition to include objects from all the major religions of the region. Created to accompany the landmark art exhibition that will include almost two hundred of the finest works of art created between the sixth and nineteenth centuries in India, Nepal, Tibet, and Bhutan, this book explores the particular beauty that evolved from the spiritual traditions unique to the Himalayas. Lavishly illustrated with many rarely seen images, Himalayas conveys the spiritual aspirations of those who defied the physical hardships of an arduous mountain terrain to express their soaring creative spirit.

Currently held in private and public collections in North America and Europe, seventy percent of this art has never been published or publicly exhibited. The works include temple sculptures of stone and wood; works in terracotta; cast bronzes with inlaid gemstones, gilding, and paint; colorful paintings—from reverential portraits to depictions of awe-inspiring deities—on cloth, palm leaf, paper, and wood; and ritual objects in various media. Pratapaditya Pal provides a fascinating description of the cultural milieu in which these works of art were created.

Copublished with the Art Institute of Chicago

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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
When I was young, I used to look through the wrong end of binoculars to make everything small. The familiar feeling surged over me as I considered the illustrations in this exhibition catalog of a grand survey of Himalayan art, which will be shown at the Art Institute of Chicago and the Smithsonian. The design of this thick, handsomely printed book devotes far too much space to a wordy art historical text and lavish white areas and far too little to the fascinating artworks. The catalog covers religious painting and sculpture from Jammu, Kashmir, Ladakh, Tibet, Nepal, and Bhutan, with an illustration of each artwork and a description and explanation by principal author Pal. While the text is accessible to lay readers, if somewhat dry, three appendixes describing and translating the inscriptions on the artworks will interest only researchers in the field. Best suited for specialized art and larger academic libraries.-David McClelland, Philadelphia Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780520239005
  • Publisher: University of California Press
  • Publication date: 5/28/2003
  • Edition description: 1ST
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 308
  • Product dimensions: 9.50 (w) x 12.00 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Pratapaditya Pal is Visiting Curator of India, Himalayan, and Southwest Asian Art at The Art Institute of Chicago and former Senior Curator of Indian and Southeast Asian Art at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA). He is the author or coauthor of over fifty books, monographs, and exhibition catalogs. Amy Heller has been a member of a research team of the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique in Paris since 1986. Her publications include Tibetan Art (1999).
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Table of Contents

Lenders to the Exhibition 8
Foreword 9
Preface 10
Map 12
Introduction 15
Catalogue of the Exhibition
I. Nepal 21
II. Jammu and Kashmir, Western Himalayas, and West Tibet 91
III. Central and Eastern Tibet, and Bhutan 163
I. The Nepali Inscriptions 278
II. The Kashmiri Inscriptions 285
III. The Tibetan Inscriptions: Dedications, History, and Prayers 286
Bibliography 298
Acknowledgments 302
Index 303
Photography Credits 308
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