Much Maligned Monsters: A History of European Reactions to Indian Art

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University of Chicago Press, Aug 1, 1992 - Art - 351 pages
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In this fascinating study, Partha Mitter traces the history of European reactions to Indian art, from the earliest encounters of explorers with the exotic. East to the more sophisticated but still incomplete appreciations of the early twentieth century. Mitter's new Preface reflects upon the profound changes in Western interpretations of non-Western societies over the past fifteen years.
  

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Contents

INDIAN ART IN TRAVELLERS TALES
1
i Much Maligned Monsters
3
ii Wonders of Elephanta
31
iii Paganism Revealed
48
EIGHTEENTH CENTURY ANTIQUARIANS AND EROTIC GODS
73
ORIENTALISTS PICTURESQUE TRAVELLERS AND ARCHAEOLOGISTS
105
i AnquetilDuperron Niebuhr Le Gentil and Sonnerat
106
ii The Sublime the Picturesque and Indian Architecture
120
i The Debate on the Origin of the Arts
190
ii Creuzer and Hegel
202
THE VICTORIAN INTERLUDE
221
ii John Ruskin and William Morris
238
TOWARDS THE TWENTIETH CENTURY A REASSESSMENT OF PRESENT ATTITUDES
252
NOTES
287
OUTLINE OF EARLY EUROPEAN COLLECTIONS OF INDIAN ART
321
ON ELEPHANTA AND SALSETTE FROM CASTROS ROTEIRO
326

iii India and the Rise of Scientific Archaeology
140
iv From Reynolds to Ram Raz
171
HISTORICAL AND PHILOSOPHICAL INTERPRETATIONS OF INDIAN ART
189

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Partha Mitter teaches at the University of Sussex. He was a Fellow of Clare Hall, Cambridge University, and Visiting Fellow at the Institute for Advanced Study at Princeton University. He has just completed a book on art and nationalism in colonial India.

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