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Imagining architects : creativity in the religious monuments of India

Author: Ajay J Sinha
Publisher: Newark, Del. : University of Delaware Press, ©2000.
Edition/Format:   Print book : State or province government publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Imagining Architects explores the nature of visual inventions in the religious architecture of India using an analytical framework that gives makers of religious monuments a visibility commonly denied to them in the historiography of Indian art and architecture. The exploration is based on a series of unusual formal experiments documented in a group of stone temples built in the eleventh century in the Karnataka
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Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Sinha, Ajay J., 1956-
Imagining architects.
Newark, Del. : University of Delaware Press, ©2000
(OCoLC)606245447
Material Type: Government publication, State or province government publication
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Ajay J Sinha
ISBN: 0874136849 9780874136845
OCLC Number: 41143016
Description: 212 pages : illustrations, map ; 29 cm
Contents: 1. An Architecture Mule --
2. Regional Theory in the Definition of Hybrid --
3. Drifts in Southern Architecture --
4. The Vesara Moment --
5. Individuality and Agency in Vesara Architecture --
6. The Geography of Vesara Architecture: Karnataka in A.D. 1100 --
7. So What? The Expressive Content of Vesara --
8. Conclusion: Makers and Making of India Temple Architecture.
Responsibility: Ajay J. Sinha.

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"Imagining Architects explores the nature of visual inventions in the religious architecture of India using an analytical framework that gives makers of religious monuments a visibility commonly denied to them in the historiography of Indian art and architecture. The exploration is based on a series of unusual formal experiments documented in a group of stone temples built in the eleventh century in the Karnataka region of southern India. The author shows (in these experiments) a deliberate search for a new architectural principle, using textual evidence and inscriptions referring to architects.

The author also demonstrates a self-conscious modernity of Karnataka's makers, who negotiated architectural traditions and religious ideas to radically change a previous architectural norm dominating the region."--Jacket.

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