Indian Painting: The Lesser- Known Traditions

Paper Type: 130 gsm Art paper (matt) | Size: 292 mm x 216 mm
All colour; 194 photographs and 3 maps; 216 pages; Hardback
ISBN-10: 81-89738-81-5 | ISBN-13: 978-81-89738-81-5

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India has an astonishingly rich variety of painting traditions. While miniature painting schools became virtually extinct with the decline of aristocratic patronage, a number of local vernacular idioms still survive and continue to develop. The present collection of papers is the volume of the proceedings of the conference ‘Indian Painting: The Lesser-Known Traditions’ held in Houston in 2008. The aim of the conference was to highlight these lesser-known artistic expressions grouped, until the recent past, under the heading of ‘folk art’. These artistic expressions are now beginning to be recognised as of pivotal importance for an understanding of the social setting in which they have evolved. The essays concentrate on Assam, Bengal, Rajasthan, Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka and Kerala. The time-span, covered by the works discussed by the contributors, ranges from the late seventeenth century to the present day.

Anna L. Dallapiccola
Anna L. Dallapiccola

Professor Anna L. Dallapiccola has a Ph.D in Indian Art History and a Habilitation (D.Litt.) from University of Heidelberg, Germany. She was Professor of Indian Art at the South Asia Institute of Heidelberg University from 1971 to 1995 and then appointed as Honorary Professor at Edinburgh University in 1991. She lectures at the School of Oriental and African Studies, London. From 2000 to 2004 she was Visiting Professor at De Montfort University Leicester. Among her latest publications are Catalogue of South Indian Paintings in the Collection of the British Museum (2010), The Great Platform at Vijayanagara (2010), Indian Painting: The Lesser Known Traditions (2011) and Kalamkari Temple Hangings, a study of the collection in the V&A (2015). She has at present two concurrent research programmes in India, the first on the art of the Vijayanagara successor states and the second on the Virabhadra temple at Lepakshi.