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Windows to the Spiritual World

Traces the artist's dedication to showing the radiant spiritual world by creating the windows - paintings depicting the sublime images of Transcendence. We are led on an adventure illumined by the brilliant realm of ultimate truth and beauty seen through the windows of Puskara's transcendental art. See Cover

Kalighat Painting: Images from a Changing World

The hugely popular, simple, and direct Kalighat style flourished in the bazaars of nineteenth-century Calcutta. Thousands of swiftly and boldly executed watercolors of demigods, celebrities, and scoundrels were eagerly acquired. The paintings appealed to the prosperous as well as the poor, and to both residents and visitors in this burgeoning colonial city. Yet it was not until the early twentieth century, when Kalighat paintings were no longer produced, that the art was recognized as a brilliantly inventive aesthetic achievement. Kalighat painters produced works in a broad range of subjects. Perhaps most in demand were images of demigods and goddesses and episodes from their lives, along with the incarnations of Vishnu, Lord Caitanya, and the youthful adventures of Krishna. See Cover

From the Ocean of Painting: India's Popular Paintings, 1589 to the Present

In this groundbreaking publication, Barbara Rossi, who has traveled and researched extensively in India, presents 101 works of extraordinary beauty representing twenty-one forms of popular painting and spanning 400 years. Based on a traveling exhibition that Rossi curated, From the Ocean of Painting offers Western audiences a comprehensive collection of paintings largely unknown in Europe and the United States. See Cover

Women Painters of Mithila

88 Illustrations and black and white photos. Mithila is a province of Bihar State on north-east India, and it is the Mithila women -- and only the women -- who paint. Using vivid colors applied with simple brushes made of bamboo and raw cotton, they produce an astonishing vigorous and distinctive art. The subjects are traditional: the god Krishna and his flute, Shiva and his wives, the lingam and the yoni, scenes from the Ramayana, family ceremonies, etc.

Realms of Heroism: Indian Paintings at the Brooklyn Museum

This massive and stunning catalog from the Brooklyn Museum presents more than 250 traditional Indian paintings and drawings, illustrated in monochrome and color plates with detailed captions. Wall painting of predominately religious subjects predated the miniature tradition in India, which began as an art of manuscript illumination, developed to the point of full-page illustrations and panels, and began to include secular subjects. Indian artists tended to be viewed as virtuosos of an established canon of imagery rather than as originators, and followed the stylistic practices of their ateliers. Gilded calligraphy, bloody fighting, deities in many forms, sensuous domestic scenes, and numerous images of Krishna and Radha illustrate Mughal and pre-Mughal painting, Deccani and Rajasthani painting, work from the Punjab hills, and other schools of art. See Cover

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