5000 Years of Indian Art

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Sushma Bahl

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Hardback, Boxed
Roli Books
Territory: World excluding Australasia, Asia, Arab States and South Africa
Size: 292 mm x 292 mm
Pages: 240
Illustrations: 235 colour, 4 b&w

RRP £49.95

  • A beautiful reference book that explores Indian Art through 5000 years, collected from museums, galleries and private collections worldwide
  • Exquisite packaging - the book is placed within a handcrafted box with a magnetic flap
  • 150 pieces of art - from cave drawings to contemporary pieces

5000 Years of Indian Art demystifies the story of Indian art spread over the millennia. This visually stunning book offers a panoramic view of Indian art from pre-historic times to the contemporary period. The absorbing narrative links predominant artistic genres (like prehistoric art, ancient Indian art of Vedic and Buddhist traditions, temple art, Mughal miniature painting, colonial art, modern Indian art, and contemporary art) that were prevalent in different eras, instead of following formally demarcated historical periods.

The illustrated tale encompasses the entire gamut from the earliest primitive markings on stones, caves, and frescoes to exquisite paintings, sculptures, modern photography,finely crafted artefacts, media-inspired work, popular installations, and other forms of contemporary art. The book displays around 200 select masterpieces of art from museums, galleries, and private collections around India and the world. The history of Indian art is as old as the civilisation itself and every major period of history has given it newer modes of expression. This book successfully captures all the myriad influences that have enriched Indian art over the years.

Contents: Prologue; Preface Masterpieces: Celebrating Creativity; Pre-Historic Roots of Indian Art (30000 BC - 1500 BC); Ancient Indian Art The Vedic and Buddhist; Traditions (1500 BC Onwards); Art in Medieval India (7th - 13th Century AD); Art in Later Medieval India (14th - Mid 18th Century); Colonial and Modern Indian Art (Mid 18th - Mid 20th Century); Contemporary Art (1947 to Present); Timeline: Politics, Culture, and Art; Bibliography; Photo Credits.

Features works from the following museums: American Museum of Natural History, New York, Archaeological Museum, Sarnath, Ashmolean Museum of Art and Archaeology, University of Oxford British Museum, London, Brooklyn Museum, New York, The Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, Gujral Art Museum, New Delhi, Harvard Art Museum/Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Cambridge, Kabul Museum, Kabul, Kiran Nadar Museum of Art, New Delhi, Indian Museum, Kolkata, Islamabad Museum, Islamabad, Lahore Museum, Lahore, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, Mathura Museum, Mathura, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Musée Guimet, Paris, Museum für Indische Kunst, Berlin, Museum of the History of Science, Oxford, National Museum of Pakistan, Karachi, National Museum, New Delhi, The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City, Norton Simon Museum, Pasadena, Patna Museum, Bihar, Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, San Antonio Museum of Art, San Antonio, Sarnath Site Museum, Uttar Pradesh, Seattle Art Museum, Washington, Staaliche Museum of Berlin: 91, V & A Images/Victoria and Albert Museum, London Trustees of the British Museum, London

Sushma K. Bahl MBE, is an independent arts consultant, writer, and curator of cultural projects.

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