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Indian Painting: The Great Mural Tradition

Mira Seth (Author)
Synopsis There are many volumes on the study of Indian classical arts including different schools of miniature painting and some texts on regional and provincial wall paintings. The study of Indian wall paintings as a cohesive tradition is being attempted here for the first time. The author, Mira Seth, discusses the various texts that lay down the canons that govern wall painting – the preparation of colors and brushes, and the proper depiction of the myriad deities in the Hindu pantheon. She examines the characteristics of different schools and their influences on each other. The author has personally visited all the major sites featured in this book, from the temples of South India, the Deccan, where the World-famous Ajanta and Ellora caves are located, to Rajasthan, Jammu and Kashmir in the north. The book gives an in-depth analysis of the interconnections not only between different schools of painting but also the sister arts of sculpture and architecture. By putting each work in this lavishly illustrated volume in its political and geographical context, Seth creates the ground-breaking panoramic look at Indian wall painting the art world has long needed.
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About the author

Mira Seth

Dr. Mira Seth is a distinguished art historian who has spent several years doing research work on Indian painting. She has specialized on frescoes and murals in India. Seth’s previous publications include The Wall Paintings of the Western Himalayas (1976), The Dogra Wall Paintings of Jammu and Kashmir (1987), and The Wall Paintings of Rajasthan (2003). She believes that Indian art should be studied in the context of its aesthetics and techniques and not merely for their themes and that painting is also a product of the geographical, historical and economic structure of the area which gives it birth.

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Bibliographic information

Title Indian Painting: The Great Mural Tradition
Author Mira Seth
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.2006
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 8188204749
length 464p., Plates; Maps; Glossary; Bibliography; Index; 30cm.