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  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: OUP Oxford (26 April 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0192842218
  • ISBN-13: 978-0192842213
  • Product Dimensions: 23.1 x 1.8 x 16 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 253,107 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Professor of History of Art, University of Sussex. Fellow of Clare Hall, Cambridge (1970-4); Mellon Fellow, Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton (1981); Reader of the British Academy (1985-7); Radhakrishnan Memorial Lecturer, All Souls College, Oxford (1992); Visiting Scholar, Getty Research Institute, Los Angeles (forthcoming: 2000-01). Partha Mitter also lectures around the world, notably Columbia University, New York, Princeton University, and Oxford and Cambridge universities.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By D. J. Mccann on 22 Sept. 2011
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This book succeeds in being both scholarly and readable, and the illustrations are a delight. The religious and cultural background to the art is explained, so that we can understand what the artists and architects were aiming to do, and not just gaze on their work like casual tourists. My only objection is to the last two chapters, on the twentieth century. Here the author unquestioningly accepts the modernist dogma, and ignores the existence of those who still work in traditional forms. If he can illustrate a Gothic horror like Bombay's railway station, the new Hindu temple in London might have got a mention.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Pedro on 4 Mar. 2014
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My dad loves it, it was a xmas present and he has been sitting reading it every day since he got it.
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Incisive portrait of a fascinating subject 9 May 2004
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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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Serviceable Intro to the Subject 13 May 2009
By S. Pactor - Published on Amazon.com
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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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Review of Mitter's 'Indian Art' 16 Jun. 2011
By Ryan Mease - Published on Amazon.com
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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.
Superficial, even for a general survey; often unclear and confusing 27 Sept. 2014
By Bruce L - Published on Amazon.com
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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.
Five Stars 8 July 2014
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