Indian Art: A Concise History

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  • Edition: 2nd
  • Format: Trade Paper
  • Copyright: 1997-10-17
  • Publisher: THAMES&HUD

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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.

Table of Contents

Introduction 7(2)
CHAPTER ONE Harappan culture: beginnings on the Indus
CHAPTER TWO Historical and religious origins
CHAPTER THREE The Mauryan period: the first imperial art
CHAPTER FOUR The Shunga dynasty: chaityas, viharas and stupas
CHAPTER FIVE The Andhra period: the `world mountains'
CHAPTER SIX The Kushan period: Gandhara and Mathura
CHAPTER SEVEN The Gupta and Post-Gupta periods
CHAPTER EIGHT South India: Pallavas, Cholas and Hoysalas
CHAPTER NINE The Medieval period in North India
CHAPTER TEN Islamic India: architecture and painting
CHAPTER ELEVEN Jain, Rajasthani and Pahari painting
Epilogue: the modern period 244(4)
Timeline of history 248(1)
Glossary 249(1)
Bibliography 250(2)
Acknowledgments for illustrations 252(1)
Index 253

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