THE ART OF INDIA by Shirley Glubok


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Rightly omitting the Moslem Taj Mahal and prudently downplaying the erotic element (although many of the figures are obviously fertile if not fertility figures), this is a handsome and generally sensible introduction to an art that is particularly difficult for Westerners to assimilate. With a few words about their religious significance, Miss Glubok shows some of the most celebrated sculptures, free-standing, in caves and on temples. Neither the characteristics of style nor its development concern her; she is presenting what is as it is, and the result is a valid impression of rich elaboration and sinuous grace. Even while recognizing that she chose examples of Rajput painting in order to illustrate the great Hindu epics and thus tell something of their story to children, one might wish that she had included examples also of the more refined and actually superior Moghul school. But this is a minor reservation; it's a good job, especially welcome because it doesn't blanch at those full-breasted females.

Pub Date: Oct. 6th, 1969
Publisher: Macmillan