The Spirit of Indian Painting: Close Encounters with 101 Great Works, 1100-1900

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Thames & Hudson, 2016 - Painting, Indic - 570 pages
A layered world -- Close encounters with 101 great works -- Visions. Hiranyagarbha: the cosmic egg -- A Bodhisattva, possibly Ratnapani -- The goddess green Tara dispenses boons -- The heavenly court of Indra -- Rival armies meet across the river -- Krishna subdues Trinavarta, the whirlwind demon -- Umar slays a dragon with Naphtha -- The prophet Ilyas rescues a prince -- The great goddess in her Chamunda form -- Neptune, lord of the seas -- The speaking tree -- The virgin and child -- The goddess Saraswati enthroned -- The house of Bijapur -- Rama, Sita and Lakshmana in exile -- King Kamsa in his inner apartments -- Kamsa attempts to kill the newborn child -- The celestial chariot -- Krishna lifting the Mount Govardhan -- The Devi rides in state -- Shiva, ever solicitous of his other half -- Shiva and Parvati among the clouds -- Indra dancing -- Meru, the golden mountain -- Vasudeva takes the infant Krishna across the Yamuna River -- The great goddess battles the demons -- Rasamandala: the eternal dance -- The house of the Pandavas is set on fire -- The emergence of Varaha: boar incarnation of Vishnu -- A boat adrift on a river -- The Devi diagram -- Rama, Sita and Lakshmana cross the Ganga -- King Dasharatha's cremation -- Shiva and his family -- Vishvarupa: the cosmic form of Krishna -- Krishna storms the citadel of Narakasura -- Three aspects of the absolute -- Observation. A chameleon -- Learned disputations between Jain monks -- Portrait of the Emperor Akbar -- A young scholar -- Two camels fighting -- 'When the lamp of life in extinguished' -- Perils of the hunt -- A mine explodes during the siege of Chittor -- Ibrahim Adil Shah II -- An old Sufi -- Jahangir with a portrait of Akbar -- Jahangir preferring a Sufi Shaikh to kings -- Jahangir takes aim at poverty -- The emperor Jahangir giving audience -- Two tulips and an Iris -- The dying man: Inayat Khan -- Jahangir receives prince Khurram -- The capture and death of Khan Jahan Lodi -- An encampment in the hills -- The Rao of Kutch's procession outside Anjar -- Raja Sidh Sen of Mandi: an informal portrait -- Raja Balwant Singh examining a painting with Nainsukh -- Villagers around a fire -- The Krishna story enacted: the Rasalila continues in the Mewar Royal Palace -- A royal tiger hunt -- Rao Ram Singh I of Kota pursuing a Rhinoceros -- Rawat Gokul Das of Deogarh at Singh Sagar -- Two portraits of Kala, the sepoy -- Maharaja Narinder Singh of Patiala in procession -- Portrait of a priestly figure -- A lady of rank -- A group of courtesans -- Passion. A elopement -- longing and union -- Remembering that fawn-eyed beauty -- The musical mode of Gaudi Ragini -- Raga Vasanta -- Radha and Krishna exchanging roles -- Gazing fondly into the mirror -- The longings of love -- Distraught Krishna -- A glimpse of the loved one -- The bower of quiet passion -- The boat of love -- To set out with eagerness: the Abhisarika heroine -- 'Unending passion': the Ratipriya heroine -- 'As desire rises' -- 'Abashed at her delight; of her deep joy afraid' -- The pavilion of love -- Re-enacting Krishna's marvellous deeds -- Nala enters Damayanti's apartments -- Glimpsing the beloved and pining for her: princes long for the beauteous Lavanyavati -- Two lovers -- In the role of Krishna -- Contemplation. Intimations of mortality -- Five holy men -- A gathering of Sufis -- Meditating Dervish -- A Yogini -- Saptarishi: the seven sages -- Maharao Kishor Singh of Kota celebrating a religious festival -- The Sufi Saint Shah Sharf 'Bu Ali' Qalandar -- A priestly figured seated

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The art of the Indian subcontinent is not as well known in the United States as it should be. Perhaps it is the complex religious base of the work, or that India's trade and colonial ties led to ... Read full review

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B. N. Goswamy is a leading historian on Indian art. He has taught at several universities in India and abroad, and curated major exhibitions of Indian art at the world's leading museums.

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