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

Item Code: NAN521
Author: B. N. Goswamy
Publisher: Penguin Books India Pvt. Ltd.
Language: English
Edition: 2014
ISBN: 9780670086573
Pages: 582, (Throughout Color Illustrations)
Cover: Hardcover
Other Details 9.5 inch x 7.0 inch
Weight 2 kg
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Book Description
About the Book

In the magnificent, lavishly illustrated book, renowned art historian B.N. Goswamy opens readers' eyes to the wonders of Indian painting, and shows them new ways of seeing art. An illuminating introductory essay, 'A Layered World', explains the themes and emotions that inspired Indian painters, the values ad influences that shaped their work, and the unique ways in which they depicted Time and Space. It describes, too, the different regional styles, the relationship between patrons and painters, the tools and techniques the painters used and the milieu in which they created their works.

The second part of this book,' Close Encounters with 101 Great Works', presents paintings carefully selected by Prof. Goswamy, spanning nearly a thousand years and ranging from Jain manuscripts and Rajasthani, Mughal, Pahari, and Deccani miniatures, to Company School paintings. His description and analysis of these works unlock the treasure the 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 Professor Emeritus of art history at the Panjab University and a world –renowned authority on Indian painting. He has writing and lectured extensively, and been a guest curator of major exhibitions of Indian art all over the world, most recently of the path-breaking exhibition Masters of Indian Painting at the Museum Rietberg, Zurich, and at the Metropolitan Museum, New York. He has also been visiting professor at the universities of Heidelberg, Pennsylvania, California (Berkeley and Los Angeles), Texas (Austin) and Zurich.

Prof. Goswamy's many publications include Essence of Indian Art, Wonders of a Golden Age, Pahari Masters, Domains of Wonder and Nainsukh of Guler. His work has been especially influential in the area of Pahari painting. Hid awards and honours include the Padma Bhushan, conferred in 2008.



  A Layered World 3
  Close Encounters with 101 Great Works 119
1 Hiranyagarbha: The Cosmic Egg 125
2 A Bodhisattva, Possibly Ratnapani 129
3 The Goddess Green Tara Dispenses Boons 133
4 The Heavenly Court of Indra 137
5 Rival Armies Meet across the River 141
6 Krishna Subdues Trinavarta, the Whirlwind Demon 145
7 Umar Slays a Dragon with Naphtha 149
8 The Prophet Ilyas Rescues a Prince 153
9 The Great Goddess in Her Chamunda Form 157
10 Neptune, Lord of the Seas 161
11 The Speaking Tree 165
12 The Virgin and Child 169
13 The Goddess Saraswati Enthroned 173
14 The House of Bijapur 177
15 Rama, Sita and Lakshmana in Exile 181
16 King Kamsa in His Inner Apartments 185
17 Kamsa Attempts to Kill the Newborn Child 189
18 The Celestial Chariot 193
19 Krishna Lifting the Mount Govardhan 197
20 The Devi Rides in State 201
21 Shiva, Ever Solicitous of His Other Half 205
22 Shiva and Parvati among the Clouds 209
23 Indra Dancing 213
24 Meru, the Golden Mountain 217
25 Vasudeva Takes the Infant Krishna across the Yamuna River 221
26 The Great Goddess Battles the Demons 225
27 Rasamandala: The Eternal Dance 229
28 The House of the Pandavas Is Set on Fire 233
29 The Emergence of Varaha: Boar Incarnation of Vishnu 237
30 A Boat Adrift on a River 241
31 The Devi Diagram 245
32 Rama, Sita and Lakshmana Cross the Ganga 249
33 King Dasharatha's Cremation 253
34 Shiva and His Family 257
35 Vishvarupa: The Cosmic Form of Krishna 261
36 Krishna Storms the Citadel of Narakasura 265
37 Three Aspects of the Absolute 269
38 A Chameleon 275
39 Learned Disputations between Jain Monks 279
40 Portrait of the Emperor Akbar 283
41 A Young Scholar 287
42 Two Camels Fighting 291
43 'When the Lamp of Life Is Extinguished' 295
44 Perils of the Hunt 299
45 A Mine Explodes during the Siege of Chittor 303
46 Ibrahim Adil Shah Hawking 307
47 Sultan Ibrahim Adil Shah II 311
48 An Old Sufi 315
49 Jahangir with a Portrait of Akbar 319
50 Jahangir Preferring a Sufi Shaikh to Kings 323
51 Jahangir Takes Aim at Poverty 327
52 The Emperor Jahangir Giving Audience 331
53 Two Tulips and an Iris 335
54 The Dying Man: Inayat Khan 339
55 Jahangir Receives Prince Khurram 343
56 The Capture and Death of KhanJahan Lodi 347
57 An Encampment in the Hills 351
58 The Rao of Kutch's Procession outside Anjar 355
59 Raja Sidh Sen of Mandi: An Informal Portrait 359
60 Raja Balwant Singh Examining a Painting with Nainsukh 363
61 Villagers around a Fire 367
62 The Krishna Story Enacted: The Rasalila Continues in the Mewar Royal Palace 371
63 A Royal Tiger Hunt 375
64 Rao Ram Singh I of Kota Pursuing a Rhinoceros 379
65 Rawat Gokul Das of Deogarh at Singh Sagar 383
66 Two Portraits of Kala, the Sepoy 387
67 Maharaja Narinder Singh of Patiala in Procession 391
68 Portrait of a Priestly Figure 395
69 A Lady of Rank 399
70 A Group of Courtesans 403
71 An Elopement 409
72 Longing and Union 413
73 Remembering That Fawn-Eyed Beauty 417
74 The Musical Mode Gaudi Ragini 421
75 Raga Vasanta 425
76 Radha and Krishna Exchanging Roles 429
77 Gazing Fondly into the Mirror 433
78 The Longings of Love 437
79 Distraught Krishna 441
80 A Glimpse of the Loved One 445
81 The Bower of Quiet Passion 449
82 The Boat of Love 453
83 To Set Out with Eagerness: The Abhisarika Heroine 457
84 'Unending Passion': The Ratipriya Heroine 461
85 'As Desire Rises' 465
86 'Abashed at Her Delight; of Her Deep Joy Afraid' 469
87 The Pavilion of Love 473
88 Re-enacting Krishna's Marvellous Deeds 477
89 Nala Enters Damayanti's Apartments 481
90 Glimpsing the Beloved and Pining for Her: Princes Long for the Beauteous Lavanyavati 485
91 Two Lovers 489
92 In the Role of Krishna 493
93 Intimations of Mortality 499
94 Five Holy Men 503
95 A Gathering of Sufis 507
96 Meditating Dervish 511
97 A Yogini 515
98 Saptarishi: The Seven Sages 519
99 Maharao Kishor Singh of Kota Celebrating a Religious Festival 523
100 The Sufi Saint Shah Sharf 'Bu Ali' Qalandar 527
101 A Priestly Figure Seated 531
  Author's Acknowledgements 535
  Publisher's Acknowledgements 536
  Copyright Credits 538
  Glossary 539
  Further Reading 556
  Index 561


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