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In this comprehensive survey Vidya Dehejia, a leading authority on Indian art, explains and analyses not only such key early developments as the great cities of the Indus civilization, the serene Buddha image, the intriguing art of cave sites and sophisticated temple-building traditions, but also the luxury of the Mughal court, the palaces and pavilions of Rajasthan, the churches of Portuguese Goa, art in the British Raj, and issues taking art into the twenty-first century. Using a contextual approach, the book considers the meaning of the word 'art' in the Indian cultural milieu, the relationship between art and the subcontinent's religious traditions, the status of artists and the impact of trade and travel on artistic development. The only full and up-to-date history of the subcontinent's artistic heritage, this is an essential introduction for the student, traveller and general reader.
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This introductory survey traces Indian art from the great Indus Valley civilization to the modern period. Examples in many media -- stone, sculpture, textiles, bronzes, paintings, ivories, terra-cottas -- illustrate the text.
Library Journal
Dehejia, curator of the Smithsonian's Indian and Southeast Asian collection, surveys the full breadth of artistic traditions from ancient times to the present. Rossi (painting, Art Inst. of Chicago) focuses her sights on the popular and folk arts of the last four centuries.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780714834962
  • Publisher: Phaidon Press
  • Publication date: 12/28/1997
  • Series: Art and Ideas Series
  • Edition description: REV
  • Pages: 448
  • Sales rank: 314,719
  • Product dimensions: 6.37 (w) x 8.75 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction: Mountains, Rivers, People 4
1 Experiencing Art: The Viewer, the Art, the Artist 9
2 Bricks, Seals and Stone: Into Written History 23
3 Stories in Stone: The Popular Appeal of Early Buddhist Art 49
4 After Alexander: Indo-Greek Art and the Buddha Image 77
5 Into the Mountainside: Cave Monasteries and Cave Temples 101
6 'Seeing' the Divine: Image and Temple 135
7 Sacred and 'Profane': The Nagara Temple 153
8 A Riddle in Stone: Pallava Mamallapuram 183
9 Holy Ground: Dravida Chola Temples 205
10 God in Their Midst: The Temple City and Festival Bronzes 229
11 Linear Abstractions: Art and the Sultans of India 247
12 Cosmopolitan Splendour: The City of Vijayanagara 273
13 Visions of Paradise: The Luxury of Mughal Art 297
14 Palaces and Pavilions: Rajput Mewar 335
15 Rome of the Tropics: Churches of Portuguese Goa 363
16 Jewels in the Crown: Art in the British Raj 377
Epilogue: Art and Modernity 407
Glossary 426
Religious and Mythical Figures 429
Major Dynasties and Empires 430
Key Dates 432
Map 435
Further Reading 436
Index 441
Acknowledgements 446
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