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Indian Art (Oxford History of Art) 1st Edition

3.5 out of 5 stars 11 customer reviews
ISBN-13: 978-0192842213
ISBN-10: 0192842218
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About the Author


Partha Mitter is Professor of History of Art at the University of Sussex. Currently a Visiting Scholar at the Getty Research Institute in Los Angeles, he also lectures around the world, notably Columbia University, Princeton University, and Oxford and Cambridge Universities.
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Product Details

  • Series: Oxford History of Art
  • Paperback: 298 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press; 1 edition (July 19, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0192842218
  • ISBN-13: 978-0192842213
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 0.7 x 6.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #399,803 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By S. Pactor VINE VOICE on May 13, 2009
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If you're looking for a comprehensive treatment of all issues pertaining to indian art, this ain't it. If, on the other hand, you want an authoritative introduction to a complex subject, this is the book for you. Author takes the reader through the various categories and time-frame's of Indian artistic development, with a strong emphasis on architecture in the form of palaces and places of worship. I read this after tackling Dozinger's cultural history of india, and I found this book to a useful addendum to that book.
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This is a necessary corrective to previous, stale surveys of Indian art. It gives full attention to the whole range of art and architecture and also stresses the strong contribution of Islamic, tribal, and women's art. This is the standard volume at this time.
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Even as a general survey of Indian art, this book is shockingly superficial. Its discussions are vague and frequently unclear, and although it seems to be a general introduction to the field, it also uses terms exclusive to Indian art and architecture that are unfamiliar even to an well informed reader. It seems to be merely thrown together without much thought and is well below the general level of the other books in the Oxford series. As an example of the carelessness of the presentation, the text gives no indication of the museum or collection in which the individual works discussed can be found. It is appreciably inferior to J.C. Harle's survey published by Yale, and which covers the same material in much greater depth and detail.
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The author begins with the assertion that "There is a need for a reassessment of the way in which we look at, and talk about, Indian art. The interesting question is not what Indian art shares with western art, but how it differs from it." There was a great deal more varied information in this book than most surveys of Indian art; for instance, the survey ends in the 20th century, not with Mughal painting as some similar books do. I'm not certain but I believe the author is perhaps Indian himself, and as such brings a unique perspective to an interpretation of the subject.
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This history is careful in its analysis of native and imperial artistic traditions, as well as the relationship between the two. It is aided by many appropriately placed photographs of the pieces it describes. My only complaint is that the writing itself is fairly boring, and doesn't exactly invite the reader to keep reading.
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My professor insists we read this book as a foundation for our Indian Vernacular course. She has read most text books on the subject and insists this is the only one that is accurate and gives and appropriate survey of Indian Art.
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