G. Michell
Cambridge University Press | 0521441102 | 1995 | PDF | 250 pages | 40 Mb

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George Michell provides a pioneering and richly illustrated introduction to the architecture, sculpture and painting of southern India under the Vijayanagara empire and the states that succeeded it. This period, encompassing some four hundred years, from the fourteenth to the eighteenth centuries, was endowed with an abundance of religious and royal monuments which remain as testimonies to the history and ideology behind their evolution. The author evaluates the legacy of this artistic heritage, describing and illustrating buildings, sculptures and paintings that have never been published on before. In a previously neglected area of art history, he presents an original and much-needed reassessment.

• The first book-length account of the art history of Southern India during this period • Over 200 illustrations, some of which have never been published before • Author, who is an archaeologist as well as an art historian, is well known in Indian art history circles


l. Introduction;
2. Historical framework;
3. Temple architecture: the Kannada and Telugu zones;
4. Temple architecture: the Tamil zone;
5. Palace architecture;
6. Sculpture;
7. Painting;
8. Conclusion;
Bibliographical essay;


"Michell's book has expanded our definition of the history of South Asian art and architecture. He raises many issues and probing questions, tantalizing us to pack our bags to explore the hinterland of India's south for ourselves....Michell's well-written text describes the monuments meticulously and makes lucid the historical developments." Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians

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