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A Concise History of Indian Art

3.64 of 5 stars 3.64  ·  rating details  ·  89 ratings  ·  3 reviews
This survey, spanning 4000 years, traces the rich visual expression of one of the most ancient cultures thru the varied arts of India. From the beginnings in the Indus valley, thru the masterpieces of Buddhist & Hindu art, to the coming of Islam & the eclectic culture of the Mughal court, the country's artistic history is explored. Craven leads the reader thru the ...more
Paperback, 252 pages
Published December 1st 1976 by Oxford University Press, USA (first published January 1st 1975)
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Very readable. All basic terms are well-defined in the text, even to the extend of avoiding the nuances of many of them (So pro and con).

Very judgmental. The authors speak with authority even though many of the works can/should be open to interpretation beyond the material presented. Pictures aren't that great for the most part.

Overall, not bad if you want a quick crash course or to brush-up on terms and major ideas/time periods. Not so great if you want to really dive into the subject

As the title says, it is a concise history. Very superficially covered. Particularly disappointing is the absence of Natraja, an icon of Shiva and an inspiration for classical Indian dance. However, I recommend this book or people having no background in Indian art and history. It is a good starting point for them.
Easy to understand and rather informative. I love a book with a good index and glossary (which was essential for knowing the terms for Indian art). I wish more historical and religious background had been provided.
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