The Arts of India: From Prehistoric to Modern Times by Ajit Mookerjee

By Ajit Mookerjee

This revised and enlarged version of The Arts of India has over a hundred and fifty notable gravure and full-color illustrations. those comprise numerous vital items and monuments now not often noticeable as a rule surveys to complement the numerous crucial paintings milestones that this publication gains. it's also specific in starting its visible survey with relics of India's stone age and in concluding the ebook with works from the nation's nice people culture and chosen work through smooth artists.

Here is a ebook with captions and a textual content which are hugely readable blends of scholarly details and casual remark by means of an Indian paintings specialist. This gives you the reader particular insights into the thoughts that lie in the back of artwork so diverse from that of the West.

Author Mookerjee has judiciously chosen photos which current the great landscape of Indian paintings from its earliest beginnings. Examples of Indian folks arts and a few works by means of 20th-century Indian artists around out this wealthy historical survey of over 5,000 years of constant creativity—a number of work, reliefs, statues, and architectural monuments from this sprawling sub-continent now divided into the lands of India, Pakistan, Ceylon, Burma and Afghanistan.

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Early Andhra Dynasty 56 § 27 CHAITYA VERANDAH Karli I Rock-cut facade I Late lst c. A. D. This rock-cut temple, chiseled out of stone in the nature of wooden construction, reflects an older tradition of temples made rif less durable materials. The fayade, whose "wooden ribs" can be seen, offers a perfect equilibrium of design and dimension from every angle, and each carving or opening is relevant to it. The figures, niches, and double arches create an impression of upward thrust and mobility. The detail in plate 28 (right) can be seen at the left of the chaitya entrance.

In the reliefs of the temples of Konarak and Khajuraho, the sensual element is developed to its logical culmination, to a point where it has almost completely shattered the aesthetic barriers and forced the ultimate realization that life is art. What is justified and fundamental in life must also be justified and fundamental in art. It is no longer ·a question of that "provocative indulgence" of the female figures from which Roger Fry recoils with a puritanical shudder. Here we are confronted with erotic ecstasy in all its plastic possibilities.

C. I Indian Museum, Calcutta This scene from a railing medallion shows in low relief the conception of the Buddha. The event occurred during a dream in which Maya, the future mother of the Great B eing, . dreams that a white elephant enters her womb. The carving technique suggests a centuriesold tradition of wood sculpture before stone came into play. C. I In,d ian Museum, Calcutta The Bodhi tree, under which the Buddha attained enlightenment, is shown, but the Buddha is conspicuous by his absence.

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