Much Maligned Monsters: A History of European Reactions to Indian Art / Edition 1

Much Maligned Monsters: A History of European Reactions to Indian Art / Edition 1

by Partha Mitter
     
 

In this fascinating study, Partha Mitter traces the history of European reactions to Indian art, from the earliest encounters of explorers with the exotic. East to the more sophisticated but still incomplete appreciations of the early twentieth century. Mitter's new Preface reflects upon the profound changes in Western interpretations of non-Western societies over

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In this fascinating study, Partha Mitter traces the history of European reactions to Indian art, from the earliest encounters of explorers with the exotic. East to the more sophisticated but still incomplete appreciations of the early twentieth century. Mitter's new Preface reflects upon the profound changes in Western interpretations of non-Western societies over the past fifteen years.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780226532394
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
Publication date:
08/28/1992
Edition description:
1
Pages:
376
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.10(d)

Table of Contents

List of Plates
Preface to the 1992 Edition
Preface
Abbreviations
Map
I. Indian Art in Travellers' Tales
(i) Much Maligned Monsters
(ii) Wonders of Elephanta
(iii) Paganism Revealed
II. Eighteenth Century Antiquarians and Erotic Gods
III. Orientalists, Picturesque Travellers, and Archaeologists
(i) Anquetil-Duperron, Niebuhr, Le Gentil, and Sonnerat
(ii) The Sublime, the Picturesque, and Indian Architecture
(iii) India and the Rise of Scientific Archaeology
(iv) From Reynolds to Rám Ráz
IV. Historical and Philosophical Interpretations of Indian Art
(i) The Debate on the Origin of the Arts
(ii) Creuzer and Hegel
V. The Victorian Interlude
(i) Owen Jones and the New School of Industrial Design
(ii) John Ruskin and William Morris
VI. Towards the Twentieth Century: A Reassessment of Present Attitudes
Notes
Appendix 1. Outline of Early European Collections of Indian Art
Appendix 2. On Elephanta and Salsette from Castro's Roteiro
Bibliography
Index

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