From the linga of Shiva to ritual lamps, from a Vishnu temple to a heap of stones streaked with sacred vermilion, from illustrations of the epic adventures of Rama to a terracotta goddess figurine, the art Hinduism has inspired over the centuries is as rich and various as the religion itself - and, for most Westerners, as unknown. Hindu Art offers a key to this mystery. A splendid, richly illustrated introduction, the book opens to readers the manifold glories of the religious art of the Indian subcontinent. The narratives that Hindu artists illustrate, the gods they depict, and the forms they observe are the products of thousands of years of tradition and development. In a survey that stretches back to prehistory, T. Richard Blurton discusses religious, cultural and historical influences that figure in Hindu art, as well as those that Hinduism shares with Buddhism and Jainism. Tracing the development of Hindu art, he shows how it has come to embrace the widely varying styles of regions from Nepal to Afghanistan, from Sri Lanka to Bangladesh. Against this historical background, Blurton considers the use of images from the three major cults of Hinduism - the worship of Shiva, Vishnu and the Great Goddess - in painting, sculpture and temple architecture. As fascinating as it is informative, Hindu Art offers invaluable insight into one of the world's great and ancient cultures. It will prove an indispensable resource for anyone with an interest in the art of India.
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A reprint with a new preface of the Harper edition (1977) of Michell's standard introduction. He explains the cultural, religious, and architectural significance of the temple, illustrating his points with many photographs, building plans, and drawings of architectural details. Annotation copyrighted by Book News, Inc., Portland, OR
The art of Hinduism constitutes one of the world's greatest traditions. This volume examines the entire period, covering shrines consecrated to Hindu cults and works of art portraying Hindu divinities and semi-divine personalities.
In this book, Heather Elgood provides synthesis and critical study recent scholarship on Hinduism and its art. She covers every aspect of religious art -- from dancing to architecture and poetry -- and makes strong connections between the bewildering variety of religious beliefs and practices in India and the power and richness of ancient and modern Indian art.
- Author : Avery Library
- Publisher : Unknown
- Release Date : 1968
- Genre : Architecture
- Pages : 231
- ISBN : UOM:39015007173480
- Author : Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York, N.Y.). Library
- Publisher : Unknown
- Release Date : 1960
- Genre : Art
- Pages : 231
- ISBN : MINN:31951001323239M
. The book is colossal in content and classic in treatment. It refers to 550 authentic works in different languages besides inscriptions. This itself speaks volumes of the industry put in by the author in writing the book. The book contains eight chapters subdivided into 52 subchapters on various aspects of Indian culture and civilisation. The first chapter deals with Indian Constitution, Antiquity of Indian civilisation, Government, Indian Social system, Positions of women in Indian society, Foreign relations, the cause of India's downfall. The second chapter deals with the questions of Indian colonisation of the ancient world. Third Chapter devoted to literature, Sanskrit language, Art of writing, Vedic literature, Poetry, Drama, PurÈ+as. Chapter four discusses the six systems of Indian philosophy and Bhagavad GÏtÈ. Chapter fifth takes into account ancient Indian sciences of Medicine, Mathematics, Arithmetic, Geometry, Algebra, Astronomy, Military Science, Music and other sciences. The sixth chapter covers various arts like architecture and sculpture, weaving, and other arts. The seventh chapter deals with commerce and wealth. The eighth chapter deals with religion and tells how the various religions and mythologies of the world were derived from India. The book is a compendium of information on Incredible India.
A comprehensive history of world art reveals how art reflects and participates in the artists' view of the world in which they live, from the prehistoric world through the twenty-first century.
Vol. I Visnu It was supported by a contingency grant of the ICHR. It contains the results in the literature and field. Monuments of early medieval period all over South India was visited and the literature in Tamil and Sanskrit consulted. Being the first in a series of four volumes, it has a chapter on religion and political background. The results of the monuments surveyed in the field are presented in the third chapter under the sub-heads â€˜Upper Deccanâ€™, â€˜Lower Deccanâ€™ and â€˜Far Southâ€™. However, the most important part is the investigation of Tamil sources that is a much-neglected aspect in Indian art historical research. In the present volume, the Tamil quota of thought embodied in the Nalayiram is examined. xxxv+341 p., 13 col. & 149 b/w photos, figs. & maps, Glossary, Bibliography, Index; ISBN:81-88934-34-8 Vol. II Siva This is result of the project, supported by the UGC. The field was visited few more times from Elephanta in the west to Vilinam in the Far South. The volume in design is slightly modified. The first chapter presents an examination of the sources in Tamil literature, especially the hymns of the bhakti savants, the Nayanmar, particularly the Tevaram. There are not less than 8000 hymns under vast corpus, the examination of which has inspired western scholars to pay attention to the Tamil sources in the investigation of an Indian iconographic theme. The II-IV chapters examine the Saiva iconographical themes, as they are present in the Upper Deccan, Lower Deccan and Far South. The other chapters attempt an analytical study of the distribution pattern of the iconographical themes and their aesthetic value. xix+319 p., 12 col. & 165 b/w photos, figs., Glossary, Bibliography, Index; ISBN: 81-88934-35-6 Vol. III Sakti Goddesses This volume is on Sakti Goddesses. The first chapter presents an account of sources in both Tamil and Sanskrit. The Tamil sources examined are those of the Cankam classics and the pre-Pallava
A Classic Treatise On Hindu And Buddhist Philosophy Edited By Renowned Indologist.
Arranged regionally and chronologically, explores the development of artistic production in all of the regions of the world, relating historic events to the development of changing artistic production and subjects.