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Feminine Beauty in Indian Art and Literature

T N Mishra (Author) Contours of Indian Art and Architecture
Synopsis The book is a study of Indian art representing devotion, love, human moodes and sentiments, especially in its depiction of female sculptures on ancient temples.  It begins with a discussion on Indian art as synthesis of the sublime in nature and the human physical form that conveys the sublime.  With numerous illustrations of art, iconography and sculptures from different regions of India, it examines a breath-taking variety of female forms of divinities, celestial nymphs and others symbolizing youth, beauty and sensuousness.  Referring to features of art of different periods under various dynasties, like the Gupta art, it focuses on representation of female forms and couples particularly erotic realizations in art, i.e., nude figures and mithuna scenes.  It studies the figures carved on various materials and in different styles, highlighting the salient features of each.  The influence of religious traditions, as Tantrism, on the art depicted is painstakingly traced.  Giving examples from famous temples of Khajuraho, Bhubaneshwar, Puri, Konarka, Nagda, Belur, Halebid, Ajanta and Ambarnath, the work examines expressions, postures and attitudes of figures to show that they reflect physical bliss, emotional and psychological expressions, and the spiritual state.  The book will be useful for scholars of art and art historians in particular who are keen on understanding the aesthetics of Indian art.
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About the author

T N Mishra

Dr. T.N. Mishra has researched various aspects of Indian philosophy and art and architecture in a career spanning more than three decades. He has published articles in reputed journals on the subject and authored works that include Buddhist Tantras and Buddhist Art; Ancient Indian Bricks and Brick Remains; Westernization of Indian Art and Impact of Tantra on Religion and Art. At present, he is Assistant Curator at the prestigious Bharat Kala Bhavan at the Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi.

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Bibliographic information

Title Feminine Beauty in Indian Art and Literature
Author T N Mishra
Format Hardcover
Date published: 31.10.2007
Edition 1st ed.
Publisher D K Printworld
Language: English
isbn 8124603871, 9788124603871
length xiv+82p., Figures; Plates; Glossary; Bibliography; Index; 26cm.