Author: Joseph M Dye III
Publisher: Timeless Books
ISBN/UPC (if available): 0 85667 548 2
The Arts of India is the culmination of years of curatorial research, travel, and commitment to the study and presentation of Indian art. Written in clear, evocative prose, this comprehensive catalogue offers a vivid picture of Indian art and culture.
From the austere dignity of a Jain Thirthankara sculpture to the rich colors of Rajput paintings, the Indian collection at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts represents the scope of Indian art at its most expressive. Widely regarded as one of the finest in the United States, this collection was established in 1968 when funds provided by Paul Mellon enable the Museum to purchase more than a hundred paintings, sculptures, textiles, and decorative objects from New York art dealer Nasli Heeramaneck. Today, the collection of more than 215 carefully selected objects presents a striking survey of Indian art from ancient times to the early 20th century.
The publication of 'The Arts of India' makes these works of art available to national and international audiences. Many beautiful and historically important objects are published here for the first time, along with newly discovered information about specific works.
Opening essays introduce India and its people, with special emphasis on the development of major religions and the dominant role of religion in art and life. Also included is a summary of the signs, symbols, and images developed to express religious concepts.
Each of the four major areas of the catalogue—sculpture, painting, decorative arts, and textiles—begins with an introductory essay. Individual catalogue entries provide an analysis of the historical, aesthetic, and cultural significance of each object together with documentation of its provenance, exhibition, and publication history. Texts and inscriptions appearing on works of art are translated in the entries: transliterations and scientific and technical studies of selected works appear in appendices.
Written in clear, evocative prose, this comprehensive catalogue offers a vivid picture of Indian art and culture that will engage both scholars and general readers.
Formation of the collection
A Note to the Reader
INTRODUCTION: INDIAN RELIGON AND ART
PART ONE: SCULPTURE
Sculpture of the Pre-and Protohistoric, Maurya, Shunga, and Early Andhra Periods
Sculpture of the Kushan and Later Satavahana-Ikshvaku Periods
Sculpture of the Gupta Period
Sculpture of Kashmir and Adjoining Regions
Sculpture of Bihar, Bengal, and Orissa
Sculpture of Central India, Rajasthan, and Gujarat
Sculpture of South India
Sculpture of the Deccan
PART TWO: PAINITNG
Painting in Rajasthan
Painting in Central India
Painting in Central India
Painting in the Deccan and South India
Company Painting and Folk and Village Painting
PART THREE: DECORATIVE ARTS
Nephrite, Rock Crystal, and Other Hardstones
Arms and Armor
Ivory and Mother-of-Pearl
PART FOUR: TEXTILES
Silk Textiles with Woven Patterns
Wool Textiles with Woven Patterns
Cotton Textiles with Mordant-Worked and Dyed Patterns
Appendix 1: Transliterations of Texts and Inscriptions
Appendix 2: Technical Studies
Appendix 3: List of Exhibitions