The San Diego Museum of Art's Edwin Binney 3rd Collection of Indian painting is unsurpassed in scope and depth. Comprising over 1,450 works, this remarkable collection boasts examples of nearly every court, style, movement, and subject from all regions of the Indian subcontinent. Both a scholar and connoisseur, Mr. Binney devoted more than twenty years of his life to amassing this truly encyclopedic collection, selecting works of the highest quality and key importance.
Domains of Wonder: Selected Masterworks of Indian Painting presents a cross-section of the San Diego Museum of Art's premier collection, featuring significant pieces never before published. Paintings and manuscripts dating from approximately 1300 to 1900 are reproduced with full-page, full-color illustrations, each with a catalogue entry that evocatively brings to life the content and context of the picture. The lucid three-part introduction discusses aspects of the unique culture in which patrons and painters worked together to create some of the finest paintings ever to emerge from India. Major artistic movements are discussed in the eight chapters, as are rare and little-known passages in the history of Indian painting, amply supplemented with translations of inscriptions and excerpts from primary sources. This book thus serves as an accessible introduction for non-specialists as well as a useful reference for scholars and students.
Authors: B.N. Goswamy currently Professor Emeritus at the Panjab University and Caron Smith former Chief Curator, San Diego Museum of Art. 303 pages, 155 color plates
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