Art of the Vijayanagara-Nayakas: Architecture and Iconography; 2 Volumes
Rajarajan, R.K. Kesava
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Book ID : 30781
ISBN-10 : 81-88934-30-5 / 8188934305
ISBN-13 : 978-81-88934-30-0 / 9788188934300
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Language : English
xxxii+248p., Figs., Plts., Abb., Tables, Gloss., Bib., Index, 29 cm.
CONTENTS:- I. Prolegomenon; II. Survey of Temples Based on Original Sources; III. Architectural Aspects; IV. Glimpses of Iconographical Themes; V. Paradigms of Nayaka Art.
The doctoral thesis by R.K. Kesava Rajarajan is a very serious effort to put some order in the great deal of monuments belonging to a period, which is too often underestimated by the scholars. The work contain both the survey of the temples and an analysis of iconographical themes. The painstaking examination of original sources is perhaps the most important contribution by Rajarajan, but also the chapter "Paradigams of Nayaka Art" is extremely of original sources is perhaps the most important contribution and systematically discusses most of the features characterizing Nayaka temple architecture [...] The scholar is right in stressing the importance of the changing European taste in the evaluation of Indian art [...] the material collected is impressive, the references to the literary tradition are vast and exhaustive, the iconographical interpretations are well-grounded and rich in detail [...] it is my opinion that, once it is published, it will remain for a long time a fundamental reference book for Nayaka architecture and iconography.