Art and History

Art and History: Texts, Contexts and Visual Representations in Ancient and Early Medieval India

Art and History: Texts, Contexts and Visual Representations in Ancient and Early Medieval India seeks to locate the historical contexts of premodern Indian art traditions. The volume examines significant questions, such as:

What were the purposes served by art?
How were religious and political ideas and philosophies conveyed through visual representations?
How central were prescription, technique and style to the production of art?
Who were the makers and patrons of art?
How and why do certain art forms, meanings and symbols retain a relevance
across context?

With contributions from historians and art historians seeking to unravel the interface between art and history, the volume dwells on the significance of visual representations in specific regional historical contexts, the range of symbolic signification attached to these and the mythologies and textual prescriptions that contribute to the codification and use of representational forms.

Supplemented with over 60 images, this volume is a must-read for scholars and
researchers of history and art.