ISBN 9788189995836,Indian Painting : Themes, Histories, Interpretations

Indian Painting : Themes, Histories, Interpretations


Padma Kaimal


Mapin Publishing



Mapin Publishing

Publication Year 2013

ISBN 9788189995836

ISBN-10 8189995839


Number of Pages 492 Pages
Language (English)

Indian Art

Indian Painting: Themes, Histories, Interpretations is a tribute to the scholarship of the distinguished art historian B. N. Goswamy, whose critical influence opened up new ways of thinking about Indian painting. Forty major scholars from South Asia, America, Australia and Europe write in his honour, about pictures from a large geographical area and huge chronological span from Ajanta to present times. In their work, Indian Painting showcases leading trends and new research initiatives, ultimately inspired by B. N. Goswamys thinking. These authors break new ground and chart new paths. They also bring to attention a number of previously unpublished visual materials, adding a refreshing dimension to the already vibrant study of Indian painting. Even as this volume coheres around the intellectual innovations of one man, it celebrates the diversity of South Asias traditions and history. The essays move from redecoration of Ajanta caves to European and Persian connections with Mughal painting from the tradition of itinerant painters to diffusion, innovation and transformation in Rajput and Pahari painting as well as exchanges with the Deccan. Reviewing religious themes, there are explorations of the Jain manuscript tradition and Ramayana leaves of the Pichhvais of Nathdwaraand of the scrolls from Odisha, the mythological tones associated with Krisnaites, the Sufis and cults of Yoginis, Nath Saivite traditions and hybrid images in the more recent political culture. We see these themes explored in many forms of painting, among them the Chandayana of early Mughals, landscaping and ancestral images, European portraits and jharokha, Christian themes in Mughal painting, the mural paintings of Multan, Panjab and Rajasthan, Kerala narrative paintings and the mica paintings from Trichinopoly. Modern themes are explored, be it a shift in contemporary miniatures in Pakistan or the biographical explorations of Bhupen Khakhar and Zarina Hashmi, the artistic chronicles of German travellers, the poetic encroachment of art in musical Ragamala series, the nuances of painting in folklore or how our museum pinning impact our ways of seeing