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Author: Stuart Cary Welch
Publisher: Metropolitan Museum of Art
ISBN/UPC (if available): 018582213
Comprehensive in its conceptual framework, this presentation of 383 works including 208 color plates, brings together masterpieces of the sacred and court traditions and embraces as well the urban, folk, and tribal heritage.
This volume, which is divided into five sections, opens with the bronze sculptures, ritual objects, and temple hangings of the classical Hindu tradition of the south. The vivid and lively art of rural India, which provides an aesthetic continuum that extends throughout these six centuries, is presented in the second section, Tribal and Village.
This is followed by the highly refined and sophisticated art of the Muslim courts, which reached its greatest flowering in the exquisite illustrated manuscripts executed under the patronage of the Mughal emperors. In addition, the imperial ateliers of the Mughals produced works of technical brilliance in a wide array of decorative arts. Political alliances between the Mughals and the Hindu nobility in the north led to a fusion of Islamic and Hindu traditions that is explored in the bold, vigorous miniatures and dazzling weaponry of the Rajput world.
And the art of the nineteenth century, produced under the Raj as Indian artists began to assimilate Western perspectives, is documented in the last section, the British period.
This volume is the catalogue for the exhibition India and is the most extensive survey of Indian art ever assembled by a museum in the United States.