ISBN 9780670086573,The Spirit of Indian Painting : Close Encounters with 101 Great Works 1100 - 1900

The Spirit of Indian Painting : Close Encounters with 101 Great Works 1100 - 1900



SAGE Publications India Pvt Ltd

Publication Year 2014

ISBN 9780670086573

ISBN-10 0670086576

Hard Back

Number of Pages 560 Pages
Language (English)


This magnificent, lavishly illustrated book by Indias most eminent and perceptive art historian, B. N. Goswamy, will open readers eyes to the wonders of Indian painting and show them new ways of seeing and appreciating art. An illuminating introductory essay, a layered world, explains the themes and emotions that inspired Indian painters, the values and influences that shaped their work and the unique ways in which they depicted time and space. It describes, too, the characteristics of the different regional styles, the relationship between patrons and painters, the milieu in which they created their works and the tools and techniques the painters used. The second part of this book consists of close encounters with 101 great works. Carefully selected by Prof. Goswamy and spanning nearly a thousand years, these works range from Jain manuscripts and Rajasthani, Mughal, Pahari and Deccani miniatures, to company school paintings. His description and analysis of these works unlock the treasures that lie within them and show us how to read each painting, as he points out its finest features, explains its visual vocabulary and symbolism and recounts the story, legend or event that inspired it. Combining deep scholarship with great storytelling, this is a book of enduring value that will both educate and delight the reader. It is destined to become a classic. About the Author B. N. Goswamy is a world renowned authority on Indian painting, author of several books and has curated exhibitions of Indian art at the worlds top museums.