Royal Palaces of India

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As early as the fourteenth century, stories glorifying the exotic palaces of Indian rulers began to circulate in the West, stories which closer acquaintance only confirmed. Even today, they are magical places - small towns rather than single buildings, in which the Hindu and Muslim rulers of the subcontinent dispensed their laws and enjoyed their wealth. The beauty and atmosphere of these palaces is displayed here in Antonio Martinelli's exceptional color photographs, composed with the eye of a painter and a ...
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Overview

As early as the fourteenth century, stories glorifying the exotic palaces of Indian rulers began to circulate in the West, stories which closer acquaintance only confirmed. Even today, they are magical places - small towns rather than single buildings, in which the Hindu and Muslim rulers of the subcontinent dispensed their laws and enjoyed their wealth. The beauty and atmosphere of these palaces is displayed here in Antonio Martinelli's exceptional color photographs, composed with the eye of a painter and a trained architect who enjoyed unrivaled access to the buildings. George Michell, a recognized authority on Indian architecture and art, tells the story of the palaces. He evokes life within these complexes and describes their many elements: defenses, spacious audience halls and courtyards, temples and mosques, private apartments and service quarters. At the heart of the book are the palaces themselves. The oldest surviving are those erected by the Muslim conquerors who swept down through the country from the 12th century onwards, notably at Mandu and Bidar. In the north, the Mughals built vast imperial palace-cities at Fatehpur Sikri, Agra and Delhi. The Hindu Rajputs in Central and Western India, where many ruling families have lasted into the modern era, created citadels that are comparatively well preserved - as at Gwalior, Udaipur and Amber. Southern India, another Hindu realm, offers a complete contrast in forms, with the towers of Chandragiri and the breezy timber halls of Padmanabhapuram. Finally, there are the lavish palaces built in the era of British domination, such as Mysore, Baroda and Morvi, some Indian in character, others clothed in dazzling Art Deco. These fascinating edifices are receiving increasing numbers of visitors each year, yet there has been no in-depth survey of them since 1925. Here is a superb record of the palaces, living witnesses to a regal aspiration to recreate heaven on earth.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780500279649
  • Publisher: Thames & Hudson
  • Publication date: 2/28/1999
  • Pages: 232
  • Sales rank: 1,057,517
  • Product dimensions: 9.98 (w) x 11.06 (h) x 0.82 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface and acknowledgments 7
I Courtly Life and Architecture 9
Divine power of kings 10
Defence and security 25
Formal reception 31
Royal worship 38
Privacy and pleasure 52
Essential services 61
II The Buildings: Historical and Regional Traditions 67
Palaces lost and imagined 68
Map 71
Early Muslim strongholds 72
Imperial Mughal capitals 88
Rajput forts 120
Citadels of the South 168
Princely residences 192
The palaces today 224
Glossary of Indian terms 226
Bibliography 227
Index 229
Acknowledgments for illustrations 232
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