Overview for Art, Icon and Architecture in South Asia: Essays in Honour of Dr. Devangana Desai (In 2 Volumes)
These two volumes of papers by a galaxy of scholars are a tribute to the eminent art historian Dr. Devangana Desai, who has made an invaluable contribution in the field of Indian art, iconology and architecture.
The thirty-seven thematic essays in Art, Icon and Architecture in South Asia include many by senior and very illustrious scholars as well as some by younger researchers who are now making their mark. They are divided into five broad groups, in each the essays are arranged in a more or less chronological order. The first comprises four articles relating to Buddhist monuments and icons. The second group is the largest with seventeen essays that explore different aspects of iconography, images and narrative reliefs. The next is a set of nine papers on monuments, ranging from temples, to the transmission of architectural knowledge and even to water structures. The following group includes four papers that relate to painting, three of them touch on south Indian murals and one on miniature painting. The last group comprises three papers of a more general nature, dealing with the portrayal of women in Indian art, rasa, and the leap required to be made from iconography to iconology. The inclusion of the latter paper is significant given the seminal contribution that Dr. Devangana Desai has made to iconology through her book Religious Imagery of Khajuraho (1996).
Bringing together as it does a large number of papers on a variety of themes related to Indian art, architecture and iconography, this book will be of much interest both to scholars as well as to students of art and aesthetics of South Asia.
Contributors of Thematic Essays:
Buddhist Monuments and Icons: M.K. Dhavalikar, Pratapaditya Pal, Elizabeth Rosen Stone, Suraj A. Pandit.
Iconography, Narrative Sculpture and Images: Doris Meth Srinivasan, Devendra Handa, Amy G. Poster, Haripriya Rangarajan, Gouriswar Bhattacharya, Gerd J.R. Mevissen, Gauri Parimoo Krishnan, Tamara I. Sears, Parul Pandya Dhar, Preeta Nayar, Himanshu Prabha Ray, A.P. Jamkhedkar, Kumud Kanitkar, Madhu Khanna, S.R. Sarma, Crispin Branfoot, Shridhar Andhare.
Monuments (Architecture): K.L. Mankodi, Michael W. Meister, Adam Hardy, Nachiket Chanchani, Arvind K. Singh, Amrendra K. Singh, Snehal Shah, Purnima Srikrishna, Jutta Jain-Neubauer.
Painting: George Michell, B.N. Goswamy, Anna L. Dallapiccola, Anila Verghese.
General Themes: Harsha V. Dehejia, Kamal Giri, Ratan Parimoo.
Anila Verghese (Editor)
Anila Verghese is Lecturer and Head of the Department of History at Sophia College, Bombay University. She has been working at Hampi since 1985 and has published extensively, both monographs and research papers, on this site. Her major works are Religious Traditions at Vijayanagara: As Revealed Through its Monuments; Archaeology, Art and Relition: New Perspectives on Vijayanagara and has co-authored, with Anna Dallapiccola, Sculptures at Vijayanagara: Iconography and Style.
Anna L. Dallapiccola (Editor)
Anna L. Dallapiccola, Formerly Professor of Indian Art History at the University of Heidelberg, is now Honorary Professor at Edinburgh University and Visiting Professor at PRASADA, Department of Architecture at De Montfort University, Leicester. Among her recent publications are Sculpture at Vijayanagara: Iconography and Style, together with Anita Verghese (Manohar, New Delhi, 1998) and Dictionary of Hindu Lore and Legend (Thames and Hudson, London, 2002). A member of the Vijayanagar Research Project since 1983, she takes a particular interest in the art and culture of the Vijayanagara era.