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  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: San Diego Museum of Art (October 27, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0937108340
  • ISBN-13: 978-0937108345
  • Product Dimensions: 10.5 x 0.9 x 10.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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"Domains of Wonder: Selected Masterpieces of Indian Painting" is a book of exceptional beauty that presents in catalogue fashion 126 treasures from a vast collection assembled by Edwin Binney 3rd (heir to the Crayola fortune) and now owned by the San Diego Museum of Art. Each of the selections has a full-page color photograph accompanied by information on dating, title, place of origin, materials, size, and inscriptions. In the case of India, these inscriptions require sorting out by both the language and writing system used. For a goodly portion of the paintings, that language is Persian and the script Arabic, and the variant styles of Arabic script are further listed. Each painting is also accompanied by a full-page of interpretive text, providing details that explain the narrative content of the art, the painting's provenance, and the place of the painting within the larger context of Indian art.

When aggregated, these texts--joined by the book's introduction on patrons, painters, and paintings--speak of a remarkable investment in expert scholarship and provide an outstanding tutorial. It goes without saying then that "Domains of Wonder" is a must-buy for those interested in the subcontinent's art history. The book will appeal as well to those interested in the Persian art that inspired the Mughal style in India. Last but not least, "Domains of Wonder" will delight readers of Orhan Pamuk's "My Name is Red," the novel about Islamic artists working to Persian painting standards in 16th-century Istanbul.
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