An immersive travel guided by the wise and passionate interpretation of one of the greatest experts in the Indian world.
The art that animated the Tibetan world and all of Southeast Asia, which continues to interrogate and impress the Western part of the world. An immersive travel guided by the wise and passionate interpretation of one of the greatest experts in the Indian world.
India and its millenary artistic and cultural tradition are explored by Michel Delahoutre, with the help of a brand new photographic campaign, to discover a rich and complex aesthetic canon that seems capable of reconciling the philosophical ideals of meditation and renunciation with the joy of life and sensuality. From 4,000 BC to the modern age, great Indian art spreads, many centuries after the Vedic texts, starting from Buddhist art.
Indian art was born aniconic, with circular and symbolic stupas, then developed with the figure of the Buddha and his life, that was reverberated everywhere. The monumental Hindu complexes followed, firstly carved out of the rock and then created as impressive buildings: the pantheon of Hindu divinities seems to dance in the statuary, born from a simple sacred square with the hearth for sacrifices in the center. Even the illuminated pages of the 18th century are saturated with images, colors and music.
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MICHEL DELAHOUTRE (1923-2014) has been a professor of Hinduism and Indian art at the Institute of Science and Theology of Religions in Paris for more than twenty years and has coordinated the impressive choral work of the Dictionary of Religions directed by P. Poupard (PUF, Paris, 1993). Among his works published by Jaca Book, we mention The journey of Indian art (2008); Kumbha Mela. Indian pilgrimage (2001) and The spirit of Indian art (1994).