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Indian Art in Detail by Anna Libera Dallapiccola Book Summary:
The rich and diverse cultures of India are represented in exquisite detail in this book, which begins with a simple question: what is Indian art? Each thematically organized chapter delves into such topics as religion and myth, epics, festivals, courtly and village life, and the natural world.
Secularism in Indian Art by K. V. Soundara Rajan Book Summary:
This Book Is Directed Towards Inquiring Into The Definition Of The Scope Of Secularism In A Holistic Way, In So Far As It Could Apply To Ancient Indian Creative Art, Often Labelled As Religious Art. It Is, However, Seen That This Art Often Shows In Its Composition, Partly Or Wholly, A Deliberate Unrelatedness To Its Immediate Locus, And Conveys The Mind Of The Artist, His Absorption Of The Aesthetic And Literary, Traditional, Mystic And The Rasa-Charged Pulsating Life-Stream Legacy, And Display Of Macro-Cosmic Temper, Supra-Regional Commonality And Norm-Building Penchant, In His Eventual Creations. Religion Can Produce Profound Thought, But Not Art Which, Through The Medium Of Religion, Shows Insight And The Impacts Of Secular Experience. Examining By A Sampling The Entire Range Of Art, Sectorally And Chronologically, To Detect The Secular Manifestations Embedded In The Art Presentations, The Author Finds That There Is An Integrated Secularism In The Art Of India S Past, Invoked By The Artists Who Had Been Groomed In Its Culture And Who Had Developed A Macro-Perception, By The Totality Of The Impacts Of The Dharmasastras, Arthasastras, Kamasastras, And Natyasastras, Along With The Hieratic Works And The Fertility Cults And Mystic Deity-Devotee Links, Analogous To Mundane Romantic Attachment, And The Ancient Artist Who Owned All This As A Private Legacy, Had Evolved His Own Techniques For Formal Creations Of Them In Art. Illustrated With Sixty-Four Plates And Line Drawings, Besides Notes On Plates And Appendices, The Eight Chapters Of The Book Dissect The Processes Behind Art Creations, To Reveal Humanism And Secularism.
Dictionary of Indian Art & Artists by Pratima Sheth Book Summary:
From Ajanta To Yantra, With Over 1300 Entries On Painting, Drawing, Prints Sculpture, Galleries And Institutions, Including More Than 300 Colour Illustrations, Dictionary Of Indian Art & Artists Presents A Comprehensive Picture Of The World Of Art In Indi
Essays on Indian Art and Architecture by Raj Kumar Book Summary:
Contents: Introduction, Studies in Indian Architecture, Fort Architecture in Ancient and Medieval India, Art and Architecture: Northern India, Art and Architecture: South India, The Aspect and Orientation in Hindu Architecture, Kalinga Style of Architecture, Symbolism of the Dome, Art and Architecture, Muslim Architecture in India, A Plea for Indian Architecture.
THE LIFE OF KRISHNA IN INDIAN ART by P. BANERJEE Book Summary:
The main aim of this volume is to present the life of Krishna as delineated in Indian art. The life of Krishna and his teachings have had a profound influence on the minds of the Indian people and as such the theme was popular not only with the saints and the poets. but also with the artists. Krishnaism pervades the whole Indian life, its religion,philosophy and art. The material for the study of the subject is enormous and diffused allover India in a varying degree. This volume includes most of the best examples of Indian art to represent the episodes of his life.
The Square and the Circle of the Indian Arts by Kapila Vatsyayan Book Summary:
The Square and the Circle of the Indian Arts is a major contribution in Indian art history. More than a book on the theories of arts, it has far-reaching implications for the way one thinks about the future of indology and art history. It provides a model to be emulated for inter-disciplinary research, not only between the arts but also the sciences and the arts. The book begins by re-examining the imagery of the Vedas and the Upanisads, highlighting some aspects of early speculative thought which influenced the enunciation of aesthetic theories, particularly of Bharata in the Natyasastra. The next chapter introduces a new methodology of analyzing the rituals (yajna) as laid down in the Yajurveda and the Satapatha Brahmana, the best way to focus the relationship between the text and the practice. Four chapters follow – one each on drama (natya), architecture (vastu), sculpture (silpa), and music (sangita). Each presents some fundamental concepts of speculative thought, concerned with each of the arts and purposefully correlates these with actual examples both of the past and the present. The afterward to this second edition remains an event not only because the book benefits from the works published since the first edition, but also because it presents the author’s integral vision and her unique adventure into the boundaries of several disciplines. It demonstrates the efficacy of her earlier approach of investigating the imagery and the metaphors as basic to the discourse of the Indian tradition. She proposes a multi-layered cluster of concepts and metaphors which enable one to uncode the complex multi-dimensional character of the Indian Arts. Also significantly she suggests a deeper comprehension of the relevance of the developments in the field of traditional mathematics and biology for the study of the language of form of the Indian Arts.
Popular Indian Art by Archaeologist and Ethnologist Erwin Neumayer,Erwin Neumayer,Christine Schelberger,Ravi Varma,Heinrich Schenker Book Summary:
This book introduces the reader to modern Indian Hindu iconography. Well annotated and with a large number of rare oleographs, it will appeal to art historians and those interested in popular Indian culture.
Krishna-cult in Indian Art by Sunil Kumar Bhattacharya Book Summary:
The place of Krishna in Indian Art has remained obscured for many years until a parallelism was made by J. Kennedy in the years 1913-17 in the Journal of the Royal Asiatic Society, in which the similarly of Krishna and Christ was suggested. However, this book explodes that theory and expounds the myth of the legendary Krishna and establishes the origin and development of the most important God of the Hindu Pantheon. Thus the iconography and stylistic development of Krishna explodes all the prevalent theories and categorically proves the importance of Krishna in Indian art. The subject of the book is explicity the representation of Krishna in Indian sculpture and painting. However, such an art-historical study has necessitated a good deal of discussion of the legend itself for the sake of understanding the iconography.
Indian Art by Partha Mitter Book Summary:
This concise yet lively new survey guides the reader through 5,000 years of Indian art and architecture. A rich artistic tradition is fully explored through the Hindu, Buddhist, Islamic, Colonial, and contemporary periods, incorporating discussion of modern Bangladesh and Pakistan, tribal artists, and the decorative arts. Combining a clear overview with fascinating detail, Mitter succeeds in bringing to life the true diversity of Indian culture. The influence of Islam on the Mughal court, which produced the world-famous Taj Mahal and exquisite miniature paintings, is closely examined. More recently, he discusses the nationalist and global concerns of contemporary art, including the rise of female artists, the stunning architecture of Charles Correa, and the vibrant art scene. The very particular character of Indian art is set within its cultural and religious milieu, raising important issues about the profound differences between Western and Indian ideas of beauty and eroticism in art.
Indian Art Worlds in Contention by Helle Bundgaard Book Summary:
This beautifully illustrated book explores the opinions of artists, critics and others involved with arts or crafts, arguing for a theory that considers the different discursive formations and related strategic practices of an art world. Focusing on Orissan patta paintings in India the author examines the local, regional and national discourses involved. In so doing, the text demonstrates that, while painters' local discourses are characterised by pragmatism, the discourses of regional and especially national elites are concerned with the exegesis of local paintings and their association with the great Sanskrit tradition A central theme of the study focuses on the awards given for skill in craft making and their changing significance as they pass from national and regional elites to local painters. It is shown how certain key actions by local painters result from a clash between local discourses on the one hand and regional and national discourses on the other.