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The Loves of Krishna in Indian Painting and Poetry   By: (1907-1979)

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The Loves of Krishna in Indian Painting and Poetry by W.G. Archer delves deep into the enchanting world of Indian art and literature, exploring the various depictions and interpretations of Krishna's love stories through the centuries. The author's extensive research and profound knowledge shine through, allowing readers to embark on a truly mesmerizing journey through time and space.

One of the most remarkable aspects of this book is Archer's meticulous examination of the intricate relationship between Indian painting and poetry. By effectively integrating these two forms of artistic expression, he provides a comprehensive understanding of Krishna's amorous escapades. With vivid descriptions and captivating visuals, Archer effortlessly transports readers into the magical realm of Krishna and Radha, where love knows no bounds.

What sets this work apart is the author's ability to connect historical information with the spiritual significance of Krishna's love stories. Archer seamlessly weaves narratives from various texts, spanning different periods and regions, to highlight the universality of Krishna's allure. Moreover, his analysis of the artistic techniques and symbols employed by Indian painters effectively adds depth to the reader's comprehension of the subject matter.

The Loves of Krishna in Indian Painting and Poetry also excels in its presentation of stunning visuals. The book is replete with high-quality reproductions of Indian miniature paintings, showcasing the range of styles and influences that have shaped the portrayal of Krishna's love affairs. Each image is not only aesthetically pleasing but also meticulously chosen to enhance the reader's understanding of the accompanying text.

Archer's writing style is engaging and accessible, making this book suitable for both scholars and enthusiasts alike. His passion for the subject matter is evident, as he effortlessly combines academic analysis with an infectious enthusiasm for the stories he presents. This results in a book that not only educates but also sparks a genuine interest in the captivating world of Krishna and his many love interests.

However, while Archer provides a comprehensive exploration of Krishna's romantic tales, the book could have benefited from further exploration of the broader social and cultural contexts in which these stories were crafted. A deeper examination of the societal norms and religious beliefs that influenced the portrayal of Krishna's love affairs would have added another layer of understanding to the reader's experience.

Overall, The Loves of Krishna in Indian Painting and Poetry is an invaluable resource for anyone interested in Indian art, literature, and spirituality. Archer's extensive knowledge, combined with his passion for the subject, creates a captivating and informative read. With its well-researched content and visually stunning illustrations, this book offers a profound exploration of the eternal love stories that continue to captivate hearts worldwide.

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[Illustration: Radha and Krishna in the Grove Kangra (Punjab Hills), c. 1785]






I am deeply indebted to Dr. A.L. Basham for generous guidance throughout the preparation of this book, to George Keyt for permitting me to quote extensively from his brilliant translation of the Gita Govinda , and to Deben Bhattacharya who supplied me with new translations of later poems and discussed a number of important points. I must also express my deep gratitude to Mildred Archer and to Gopi Krishna Kanoria for valued criticism and advice, to Messrs. Faber and Faber, the Harvill Press, Messrs. Macmillan, the Oxford University Press, the Phoenix House and Messrs. Sidgwick and Jackson for permitting me to quote passages from works still copyright, to Professor J. Brough for an informative note on Bhanu Datta's Rasamanjari and to all those owners of collections who have either allowed me to reproduce pictures in their possession or have kindly supplied me with photographs.

Part of the material for this book was delivered as lectures to the Royal Asiatic Society, the Royal India, Pakistan and Ceylon Society and at the Victoria and Albert Museum... Continue reading book >>

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