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Author Michell, George.

Title Hindu art and architecture / George Michell.

Published London : Thames & Hudson, 2000.


Location Call No. Status
 UniM Archit  704.2945 MICH    CLMS RETD
 UniM Bail  704.2945 MICH    AVAILABLE
Physical description 224 pages : illustrations (some colour) ; 21 cm.
Series The world of art.
World of art.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 213-214) and index.
Contents Chapter 1 Introduction: Hinduism and its visual expression 11 -- Religious developments 11 -- Sacred images 17 -- Narrative traditions 25 -- Magical protection 29 -- Architectural setting 32 -- Royal patrons 34 -- Chapter 2 Beginnings: second century BC to second century AD 37 -- Buddhist heritage 38 -- Earliest Hindu images 40 -- Chapter 3 Early Maturity: fifth to ninth centuries 44 -- Madhya Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh under the Guptas, Mauryas and Pratiharas 45 -- Gujarat under the Maitrakas; Rajasthan under the Pratiharas 54 -- Orissa under the Shailodbhavas and Bhauma Karas 58 -- Kashmir under the Karkotas and Utpalas; Himachal Pradesh 61 -- Maharashtra under the Mauryas, Kalachuris and Rashtrakutas; Karnataka under the Early Chalukyas 64 -- Tamil Nadu under the Pallavas and Pandyas 81 -- Chapter 4 Culmination: tenth to thirteenth centuries 89 -- Madhya Pradesh under the Chandellas and Paramaras 89 -- Gujarat under the Solankis; Rajasthan under the later Pratiharas 98 -- Orissa under the Somavamshis and Gajapatis 103 -- Bihar and Bengal under the Palas 108 -- Karnataka under the Late Chalukyas and Hoysalas; Andhra Pradesh under the Kakatiyas 108 -- Tamil Nadu under the Cholas 120 -- Chapter 5 Revival: fifteenth to eighteenth centuries 133 -- Delhi--Agra region 134 -- Rajasthan under the Sisodias and other Rajputs 140 -- Himachal Pradesh 146 -- Nepal under the Mallas 155 -- Bengal, Orissa and Assam 160 -- Marathas of Maharashtra 163 -- Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh under the Sangamas and Tuluvas 167 -- Tamil Nadu under the Aravidus and Nayakas 177 -- Kerala 189 -- Chapter 6 Lesser Traditions: from the nineteenth century to the present 196 -- Northern India 200 -- Southern India 203 -- New currents 210.
Summary The art of Hinduism constitutes one of the world's great traditions, as alive today as when the first images of Hindu gods were fashioned out of stone more than two thousand years ago. George Michell's invaluable survey looks at the entire period, covering both shrines consecrated to Hindu cults and works of art portraying Hindu divinities, semidivine personalities and mythological narratives.
The book first introduces Hinduism, its gods, the symbolic basis for its architecture and the system of royal patronage that led to the creation of so many temples and their attendant works of art. It then demonstrates artistic continuities down to the present day in the different regions of the Indian subcontinent, confirming the vibrancy of the visual world of Hinduism -- from Khajuraho and other great temples, through profound and beautiful works of sculpture such as Shiva dancing the eternal dance of creation and destruction, to exquisite paintings of the loves of Krishna and poetic musical modes.
Subject Hindu art.
Hindu architecture.
ISBN 0500203377 (paperback)