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Indian Art (Phaidon Art and Ideas)

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A full and up-to-date history of the subcontinent's artistic heritage.
Paperback, 448 pages
Published December 17th 1997 by Phaidon Press
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Sep 06, 2011 rated it liked it
Not only is the cover illustration great but the book is too. Excellent history of Indian art and development of religions.
Cary Giese
Jan 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Vidya tells us right away that the theory of art rest with the viewer! "This viewer-response theory of art is known in Sanskrit as "rasa," and responsive viewers are called rasikas or connoisseurs!" That certainly does not describe me! I'm not rasa. Vidya is our guide, here we go.....

India possesses a dynamic history influenced by its native Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism and Sikhism religions! Christianity and Islam also had major influences. It's art was influenced by all these at different times
Sep 16, 2013 rated it really liked it
This is a fascinating read! Vidya gives the fact to you straight and I really enjoyed that! I understood everything she was trying to say (sometimes history writers use quite a bit of fluffy language, then things get really confusing!). If you are interested in Indian art then definitely check out this book!
May 07, 2013 rated it it was ok
Lovely photos and beautifully designed book - too bad Dehejia has decided to stick to the outdated and misproven theory of aniconism in Indian artwork. This is a good book for those who want a quick overview on Indian art history but not if you want a thorough understanding of how some of it is used in religious practices or its meanings.
Tania Simonetti
Jul 05, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: india, art-history
Almost finished except Goa, Deccan kingdoms chapters.
Dehejia not only presents an exhaustive description, she offers interpretation and critical analysis valuable to the first approacher of indian art and to the scholar but she also writes in a very pleasant way. An art book that is also a real pleasure to read
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Nov 07, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: owned-books, history
Very good overview.
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Shelves: 2014
Gorgeous photos, with a deeper focus on 3d art (sculpture, architecture, etc) than I expected.
Apr 05, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: non-fiction
I just love Phaidon books!
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