Author: Alka Pande
Publisher: Roli Books
ISBN/UPC (if available): 8174362983
Illustrated from museums across the world, Masterpieces of Indian Art is a rich and stunning portrayal of the most precious treasures of Indian art. Extensive photo research and detailed examination of every facet of the arts make it nothing less than a book of illustrated art history.
Its scope stretches across nearly four millennia, and it covers ground beginning from the art of the Harappans to Chola bronzes, Mughal miniatures, and the exquisitely crafted jewellery and textiles of India. Written by an expert whose reading of art history for the ordinary reader manages to be both simple and subtle, it is both lucid and thorough, Ambitious in its range, meticulous in its details, and insightful in its commentary, Masterpieces of Indian Art is a jewel of a book.
This book includes a significant display of art that represents every school, genre, and trajectory through history. It guides the reader through the historical base required for appreciating these masterpieces, the canons and iconography of Indian aesthetics, and the diverse strands of the arts. It culminates with the Sthapatis, the image makers, who established the canons and the excellence of India's art works.
Masterpieces: Celebrating Creativity
Forms of Beauty
Colours and Themes
The Story of Stone
Textiles and Jewellery
Shapes of the Divine
THE GREAT STHAPATIS
The Image Makers