In the Realm of Gods and Kings: Arts of India

Overview

Each work is fully illustrated and most of these works have not been previously published. The book also includes short background essays describing aspects of Indian life related to the works. This volume celebrates the wealth and diversity of the arts of India created for the life of courts and temples from 1000 BC to the twentieth century. Paintings, objects and photographs, ranging in date from the second century BC to the late twentieth century, reflect the variety and ...

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Overview

Each work is fully illustrated and most of these works have not been previously published. The book also includes short background essays describing aspects of Indian life related to the works. This volume celebrates the wealth and diversity of the arts of India created for the life of courts and temples from 1000 BC to the twentieth century. Paintings, objects and photographs, ranging in date from the second century BC to the late twentieth century, reflect the variety and continuity of India's aesthetic traditions.
Andrew Topsfield, the editor, has contributed background essays describing aspects of Indian life related to the themes explored in the book: The Sacred Realm: Nature, Temple, Gods, Goddesses, Saint and Sadhus; The Court: Courtly Life, The Hunt, Royal Portraits, Couples and Women, Courtly Manuscripts.
Catalogue entries by experts in the field comment on narrative episodes from the epics, iconographic symbolism, religious, as well as social and contextual references related to the works shown. An extensive and authoritative essay by Dr. Vishakha Desai, 'The Experience of Creativity in Indian Art', is included as well as an essay by Cynthia Hazen Polsky, 'To Beckon the Modern Eye'.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781781300145
  • Publisher: Wilson, Philip Publishers, Limited
  • Publication date: 3/27/2014
  • Edition description: Revised
  • Pages: 416
  • Sales rank: 568,534
  • Product dimensions: 9.40 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 1.40 (d)

Meet the Author

The General Editor and contributor, Andrew Topsfield, is head of the Indian Department at the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford. Other contributors include Dr Vishakha Desai, Director of the Museum, Asia Society, New York, Dr Navina Haidar, Assistant Curator, Department of Islamic Art, Metropolitan Museum, Jeremia P. Losty and John Falconer of the British Library, Michael Spink F.G.A., Consultant in Indian and Islamic Art, John Eskenazi, Terry McInerney and Martin Lerner, Curator, Department of Asian Art, Metropolitan Museum of Art.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements 
Foreword 
1. To Beckon the Modern Eye 
2. The Experience of Creativity in Indian Art 
PART I: IN THE REALM OF GODS 
3. Nature
4. The Temple 
5. Shiva
6. Vishnu
7. Rama 
8. Krishna 
9. Goddesses
10. Saints and Sadhus 
PART II: IN THE REALM OF KINGS 
11. Courtly Life 
12. The Hunt 
13. Royal Portraits 
14. Couples and Women 
15. Courtly Manuscripts 
16. List of Contributors 
Selected Bibliography
Index

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