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.
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