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Vishnu
Hinduism's Blue-Skinned Savior

Edited by Joan Cummins

Contribution by Doris Meth Srinivasan, Leslie C. Orr, Cynthia Packert, Joan Cummins and Neeraja Poddar

This catalogue examines the many faces of Vishnu and the ways the god has been represented, from antiquity to the present.
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Category: Art, Culture, Museum / Gallery and Exhibition Catalogues, Painting, Sculpture
Tags: Vishnu, Hinduism, deity, avatars
 
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254 x 292 mm | 10 x 11.5 in
Hardcover | 296 pages
236 colour illustrations
ISBN:
978-81-89995-48-5 (Mapin)
978-1-935677-08-6 (Grantha)?
 
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Table of contents

Foreword and Acknowledgments

An Introduction to Vishnu
Becoming Vishnu
Vishnu's Manifestations in the Tamil Country
The Art and Practice of Vaishnavism in Western India

Catalogue
The Image of Vishnu
The Avatars of Vishnu
The Worship of Vishnu

Suggested Reading
Glossary
Index

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Description

Vishnu is one of Hinduism’s most important and powerful deities. He is the great Preserver, vanquishing those who seek to destroy the balance of the universe. In Hindu legend, Vishnu descends to earth in many manifestations, known as avatars, to fight powerful demons and to save his devotees. The avatars range in form from Varaha the boar to Parashurama the Brahmin warrior, and in character from Narasimha the ferocious half-man half-lion, to Krishna the charismatic prince-cowherd. 

The legends of Vishnu have inspired some of the greatest art, literature, and ritual traditions in India. This catalogue examines the many faces of Vishnu and the ways that the god has been represented, from antiquity to the present. Essays by noted historians of South Asian art delve deeply into the regional and sectarian traditions of Vishnu worship in India. Illustrations and discussions of almost 200 works of art, in a wide range of media and borrowed from collections around the world, reveal the rich diversity of India’s art and religious culture.

About the Authors

Joan Cummins is the Lisa and Bernard Selz Curator of Asian Art at the Brooklyn Museum. She has lectured and published widely on the fields of Indian painting and Hindu temple art. 

Doris Meth Srinivasan is a scholar of Indian art and history who has published extensively on Hindu iconography.

Leslie Orr is Associate Professor in the Department of Religion at Concordia University.

Cynthia Packert is Professor and Chair of the Department of History of Art and Architecture at Middlebury College.

Neeraja Poddar is a doctoral candidate at Columbia University.

 
 

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“Exquisite production quality, neatly laid out pictures, with useful captions…”
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"...does justice to the vast topic and the illustrations are superb and with many of them probably never displayed, are well worth admiring in this tastefully designed tome."
The Hindu
 

 

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