Indian Art (World of Art)

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The grave, sensuous, and infinitely varied arts of India have long been admired in the West.
This engaging book tells the story clearly and vividly from the first, still mysterious, beginnings in the Indus valley, through the great masterpieces of Buddhist and Hindu art to the coming of Islam, the eclectic culture of the Mughal court, and the golden age of miniature painting. Much of Indian art is immediately accessible to the outsider, but much is also enigmatic, needing ...
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Overview

The grave, sensuous, and infinitely varied arts of India have long been admired in the West.
This engaging book tells the story clearly and vividly from the first, still mysterious, beginnings in the Indus valley, through the great masterpieces of Buddhist and Hindu art to the coming of Islam, the eclectic culture of the Mughal court, and the golden age of miniature painting. Much of Indian art is immediately accessible to the outsider, but much is also enigmatic, needing interpretation and guidance before it can be enjoyed in depth: the strange pantheon of the Hindu gods, the subtle insights of Buddhist mysticism, or the complex symbolism of the miniatures. For this edition, the late Professor Craven thoroughly revised the text and incorporated works by contemporary artists, linking their achievements to the traditions of Indian art. A new glossary and time line are also included.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780500203026
  • Publisher: Thames & Hudson
  • Publication date: 10/28/1997
  • Series: World of Art Series
  • Edition description: Second Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 1,193,210
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 7
Ch. 1 Harappan culture: beginnings on the Indus 9
Ch. 2 Historical and religious origins 27
Ch. 3 The Mauryan period: the first imperial art 35
Ch. 4 The Shunga dynasty: chaityas, viharas and stupas 51
Ch. 5 The Andhra period: the 'world mountains' 67
Ch. 6 The Kushan period: Gandhara and Mathura 81
Ch. 7 The Gupta and Post-Gupta periods 111
Ch. 8 South India: Pallavas, Cholas and Hoysalas 145
Ch. 9 The Medieval period in North India 167
Ch. 10 Islamic India: architecture and painting 195
Ch. 11 Jain, Rajasthani and Pahari painting 219
Epilogue: the modern period 244
Timeline of history 248
Glossary 249
Bibliography 250
Acknowledgments for illustrations 252
Index 253
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