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Watson Collection of Indian Miniatures at the Elvehjem Museum of Art
Gautama V. Vajracharya

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“An original account of a complex field, emphasizing the continuity of religious ideas.”
—Joanna Williams, University of California, Berkeley

Introducing a rich historical and religious context, Gautama V. Vajracharya offers an original, nuanced study of the iconography of Indian miniature paintings. Providing an extended analysis of 129 art works catalogued in this book, he explicates the gradual development and interrelationship of two styles of Indic miniature painting from the sixteenth to eighteenth centuries: one commissioned by the Muslim Mughal rulers and the other by Hindu Rajput princes. He shows that belief systems reflected in ancient Indian art continued to be expressed, whether consciously or not, in later Indian miniature paintings and in other artistic forms well into the nineteenth century.

Gautama V. Vajracharya teaches Indian civilization and art history at the University of Wisconsin–Madison and has been actively researching and documenting the Watson collection for fifteen years. He is the author of Everlasting Flowers of Buddhist Art.

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The cover of this collection of Indian miniatures is illustrationed with a miniture of an important man sitting on a rug. An assistant fans him, while a trio of women play music.

July 2003
LC: 2002029713 ND
232 pp.    8 1/2 x 11
24 color plates,  150 duotones
Paper ISBN 978-0-932900-89-0

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