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Christian themes in Indian art : from the Mogul times till today /

Christian themes in Indian art :  from the Mogul times till today /
DK Number:DK-218310
ISBN: 8173049459
Title: Christian themes in Indian art : from the Mogul times till today /
Author: Anand Amaladass, Gudrun Lowner.
Imprint: New Delhi : Manohar Publishers & Distributors,
Physical Desc.: 428 p. : ill. (chiefly col.), col. maps ; 32 cm.
Year: 2012
Price: USD 108.20
Subject Strings: Church history in art.
  Christianity and art--India.
  Painting, Indic--History.
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Surprisingly, perhaps, Christian themes are present everywhere in the mainstream market in India – even if they have been driven to the periphery in European art. Exploring ‘Christian themes in Indian art’, the authors here find that they aren’t new in India. Historically, they can be traced back to the 16th century, when the European Christian prints had an unexpected encounter with the Indian miniatures. At the court of Mughal Emperor Akbar, Christian miniatures were painted, copying the themes from engravings, which the three Jesuit missionaries had brought with them from Europe. This was the start of an amazing fusion in Indian miniatures.

For the first time, this book examines Christian themes in Indian art: from the beginnings of Christianity in India till today. The focus here is chiefly on paintings and sculptures, though the book also includes a chapter on architecture, studying largely the church buildings. Setting out stimulating perspectives on the ‘beginnings of intercultural encounter’, the book systematically explores Christian themes in the works of Bengali artists, the non-Christian artists, the Christian artists, and South Indian artists. In addition, the book also considers popular/folk Christian art, Warli paintings, and Hindu influence on Christian art. With illustrations, the authors present the works of numerous Indian artists that explicitly show the Christian content, including the paintings/sculptures of the internationally-known artists, like Jamini Roy, Arup Das, M.F. Husain, Krishan Khanna, Jehangir Sabavala, Satish Gujral, Anjolie Ela Menon, Francis Newton Souza, Angelo da Fonesca, Solomon Raj, Sister Claire, K.C.S. Panikar, S. Dhanpal, and S.P. Jayakar.

Christian Themes in Indian Art is a well-crafted, painstakingly researched work, illustrated with about 1,100 fascinating colour photographs. It is bound to interest the scholars/connoisseurs of art, and students and researchers of religion, history, art history, and intercultural studies.

Dr Anand Amaladss has, since 1984, been teaching at Satya Nilayam Jesuit Faculty of Philosophy in Chennai – now a part of the Loyola (Autonomous) College, Chennai. Gudrun Lowner, a Ph.D from Heidelberg University (1997), had been working in a Centre of International Encounter in Berne, before she came to India.

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Title Contents
Chapter No.Chapter TitleChapter AuthorPage No.
INTRODUCTION07
Acknowledgement09
Maps10
1. THE BEGINNINGS OF AN INTERCULTURAL ENCOUNTER
1.1 The Indian Cultural Context13
1.2 The First Christians in India15
1.3 The Beginnings of the Mission in Goa18
1.4 The Ivory Statuettes21
2. CHRISTIAN-MUSLIM ENCOUNTER
2.1 The Missions of the Jesuits to the Mogul Court35
2.2 The Ateliers of the Mogul Emperors42
2.3 The Christian Miniatures49
2.4 Eclectic Vision - Religion85
2.5 Muhammad Zaman90
2.6 Begum Sumru, Baptized Johanna94
3. THE BENGALI ARTISTS
3.1 The History Before the Bengal Renaissance101
3.2 The Bengal Renaissance103
3.3 Jamini Roy106
3.4 Arup Das116
3.5 Nikhil Biswas120
3.6 Suhas Roy and Suman Roy122
3.7 Sudip Roy126
3.8 Additional Bengali Artists128
4. THE NON CHRISTIAN ARTISTS
4.1 Introduction137
4.2 Maqbool Fida Husain140
4.3 Krishen Khanna149
4.4 Jehangir Sabavala161
4.5 Satish Gujral166
4.6 Vishwanath Nageshkar168
4.7 Anjolie Ela Menon171
4.8 Ramachandran176
4.9 Amrit and Rabindra Kaur Singh180
4.10 Additional Non Christian Artists182
5. THE CHRISTIAN ARTISTA
5.1 Introduction193
5.2 Francis Newton Souza195
5.3 Alfred D. Thomas202
5.4 A. X. Trindade and Angela Trindade209
5.5 Angelo da Fonseca215
5.6 Vinayak Shivram Masoji222
5.7 Frank Wesley236
5.8 Solomon Raj252
5.9 Sister Genevieve259
5.10 Sister Claire264
5.11 Jyoti Sahi268
5.12 Lucy D'Souza-Krone277
5.13 Additional Christian Artist282
6. SOUTH INDIAN ARTISTS
6.1 K.C.S. Paniker287
6.2 S. Dhanapal292
6.3 P.V. Janakiram293
6.4 T.R. Mookiah295
6.5 Alphonso Arul Doss296
6.6 S.P. Jayakar300
6.7 C.J. Anthony Doss302
6.8 Folk Art Inspired Artists304
6.9 Jesuit Artist314
6.10 Younger South Indian Artists321
7. POPULAR CHRISTIAN ART
7.1 Folk and Popular Art in India329
7.2 Warli Paintings334
7.3 Mother Mary - Crossing the Religious Borders337
7.4 Hindu Influence on Christian Devotion344
7.5 Indian Stamps351
8. INDIAN CHURCH ARCHITECTURE
8.1 The Portuguese Period356
8.2 The British Period358
8.3 The Modern Period362
8.4 Concluding Remarks370
8.5 Indian Churches in Images371
List of Christian Miniatures in India and Pakistan today407
Bibliography409
Glossary424
Index425
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