The Arts of India: From Prehistoric to Modern Times
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Here is a book with captions and a text that are highly readable blends of scholarly information and informal comment by an Indian art expert. This grants the reader special insights into the concepts that lie behind art so different from that of the West.
Author Mookerjee has judiciously selected photographs which present the vast panorama of Indian art from its earliest beginnings. Examples of Indian folk arts and some works by 20th-century Indian artists round out this rich historic survey of over 5,000 years of continuous creativity—a collection of paintings, reliefs, statues, and architectural monuments from this sprawling sub-continent now divided into the lands of India, Pakistan, Ceylon, Burma and Afghanistan.
Goose Girl Begram / Ivory carving / 7.5 cm high / c 200 A.D. Kabul Museum Following in the tradition of Mathura, a group of artists, probably from India, founded a great art center near Kabul. They were not only masters in shaping ivory, but were equally efficient in carving rock boulders into images of colossal dimension. � 34 Image of Buddha Bodhgaya / Sandstone / c 4th c. A.D. National Museum, New Delhi This image of the Buddha, done in the distinctly Indian style of Mathura, is seated
impression of movement in space. � 75 Woman Writing with a Stylus Khajuraho / Sandstone / 70 cm high c 950-1050 A.D. / Indian Museum, Calcutta One of many female figures that adorn the temples at Khajuraho. They show a sensuous awareness of the human form and are outstanding works in the long tradition of female sculpture in India. � 76 Salabhanjika Khajuraho / Sandstone / c 950-1050 A.D. Indian Museum, Calcutta A classical attitude of tree-goddesses in Indian art. � 77 & � 78 Kandariya
Ceiling Painting Devi Shrine, Nataraja Temple, Chidambaram c 17th c. A.D. This work, on the north side of the inner bay, depicts the story of Darukavanam. � 133 Krishnalila Midnapore / Scroll painting on paper 52.5 x 75 cm / 19th c. A.D. Author's Coll. The Patuas (folk painters) of Bengal deal with a wide range of themes, including popular mythology (here, about krishna). They appeal directly to the eye, without subterfuge, avoiding the vague fantasy which had been evolved in Indian iconography
female torso 120 97. Statue of Ardhanarisvara 121 98. Statue of Ganga 121 99. Engraving of Vishnu 122 100. Mural, Jataka scene 122 101. Relief at Mt. Abu 123 102. Frieze at Mt. Abu 124 103. Ceiling at Mt. Abu 125 104. Female bracket figure 126 105. Madanika, bracket figure 127 106-107. Jain Tirthankaras 128 108. Gwalior Fort, 129 109. Jain manuscript painting 130 110. "The Heroine Adored by Her Maid" 130 111. Statue of Parvati 131 112. Statue of Sita 131 113. Panch Mahal 132
builder and anticipates the more sophisticated monument where Mumtaj sleeps under the most beautiful and expensive memorial in the world. The Taj Mahal is, indeed, a wonder of architectural creation. The painting which was brought to India by Babur, the founder of the Mughal Empire, was likewise intensely individualistic and sophisticated. It was not interested in crowds or masses. The stamp of individualism reached exaggerated lengths and reduced painting to mere portraiture, where characters