Monuments, objects, histories : institutions of art in colonial and postcolonial India / Tapati Guha-Thakurta.

Art history as it is largely practiced in Asia as well as in the West is a western invention. In India, works of art-sculptures, monuments, paintings-were first viewed under colonial rule as archaeological antiquities, later as architectural relics, and by the mid-20th century as works of art within...

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Main Author: Guha-Thakurta, Tapati.
Format: Electronic
Published: New York : Columbia University Press, ©2004.
Series:Cultures of history.
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Table of Contents:
  • Frontmatter
  • 1. The empire and its antiquities: Two pioneers and their scholarly fields
  • 2. The museum in the colony: Collecting, conserving, classifying
  • 3. Interlocuting texts and monuments: The coming of age of the "native" scholar
  • 4. Between the nation and the region: The locations of a bengali archaeologist
  • 5. Wresting the nation's prerogative: Art history and nationalism in bengal
  • 6. The demands of independence: From a national exhibition to a national museum
  • 7. "For the greater glory of indian art": Travels and tray ails of a yakshi
  • 8. Art history and the nude: On art, obscenity, and sexuality in contemporary India
  • 9. Archaeology and the monument: On two contentious sites of faith and history
  • Notes
  • Bibliography
  • Index.