Top 10 Art Books of 2017 – India

 

India is rich when it comes to art, and 2017 has seen an addition of the books that cover the beauty of India’s art and heritage.  These books are best books to read as they show you the past of India’s art as well as the present. They are highly effective, detailed, and enlightening. This article features the top 10 art books that stood out this year.  These top 10 books of 2017 will give you an art treat.

 

THE ART OF INDIA VOL 1(SCULPTURE AND MURAL PAINTING IN THE ANCIENT AND MEDIEVAL PERIOD

this book features a lot of literal works that support the photographs in the book that were taken by the author, Mr. Behl. The picture content is exquisite, high quality, and unique. The articles present include consists of articles that have been published by Frontline which is a magazine that belongs to The Hindu Group. It also has articles for many courses relating to art that he was invited to teach at the College of Art located in Delhi, India.

Read it For:
this book features a lot of information that every artist and particularly photographers can benefit from. It is rich in offering artistic information surrounding India, and the photographs show the authentic beauty of India
Don't Read it For:
with over 450 photographic images, this book offers too much excitement in looking at the pictures. This steals the attention from the text. Therefore, you may not learn a lot if you have no self-control.
What makes this book stand out?:
this book stands out because of the luxurious and exquisite photographs present. It is always pleasant to look at a master’s work.

TEMPLE CONSTRUCTION DURING THE VIJAYANAGARA PERIOD

this book is one of a kind. It has rich information about the technical aspects of constructing a temple that was used during the Vijayanagara period. The book has five chapters that are detailed and will take you through the entire processes from start to finish without leaving anything outside. It shows how the location was selected, the techniques used in building the temple up to the finishing of the temple.

Read it For:
this book is rich in the history of Vijayanagara-era temples. It is a great book to give any architect construction ideas that can be relevant.
Don't Read it For:
do not read this book to implement the information therein. The world has evolved, and the information may not apply to our world today.
What makes this book stand out?:
this book stands out because of the rich historical information about temple building that may not be easily accessed. It is a unique book.

TEMPLE ARCHITECTURE OF SOUTH INDIA 2017 EDITION

this book point of focus is the attempt to understand the temple architecture mode of the Dravidian temple. The author is Dr. Manoj, who is an archeologist by profession, and he has done a great job at defining and describing the different adjuncts of the Dravidian temple, and this has helped a lot the students who are taking architectural studies. The book features the Salem temples, and it shows the places that people do not know a lot about it yet has impressive aesthetic appeal. It also sheds a lot of light about temple building in the buffer zones.

Read it For:
this book is very informative and necessary for every student of architecture. It is informative and enlightening.
Don't Read it For:
this is not an entertaining book. Therefore, if you want something to excite you, this is not for you.
What makes this book stand out?:
this book stands out because it offers a lot of information for archeology students and it is one of the best art books of 2017.

REVERSE GLASS PAINTING IN INDIA 2017 EDITION

this is one of the best books to read, and it features everything that relates to the art of glass painting. It is an art that is fascinating but unfortunately not known by many in the society. This book aims to teach about this art that was developed by the Chinese and the Indian artists. It is an exotic art but it is capable of bringing out the charm of a place, and it is also very tasteful. The author of the book is a professor and has a Ph.D. in Indian Art and the information offered is very insightful.

Read it For:
this book is rich in knowledge and it introduces a new concept of art that not many people know about yet very beneficial.
Don't Read it For:
if you are skeptical about this art, then you should not read it because it needs a lot of open-mindednesses because it is a ‘new’ art concept.
What makes this book stand out?:
this book stands out because it is one of its kinds and especially because it awakens this art in India.
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CHIKANKARI 2017 EDITION

Chikankari is an Indian tradition that features embroidery. It is a symbol of the Lucknawi culture, and it is exemplary. The beauty and elegance of this art s exemplary and in as much as the trends keep changing; it still maintains its beauty. This book features a lot of illustrations that help the reader learn more about embroidery. It is highly detailed and gets to the roots and drive of embroidery as an art. The different chapters have detailed information teaching on the origin of the art, various costumes, the stitches used, the production process and more.

Read it For:
read this book because it gives insightful information about embroidery and it will sharpen your skills.
Don't Read it For:
if you have no interest in learning embroidery, then this book is of no help to you.
What makes this book stand out?:
this book stands out because it offers rich knowledge and the illustrations used are highly detailed making learning easy.

THE ART OF BODHGAYA 2017 EDITION

this book features everything that relates to Bodhgaya. Bodhgaya is one of the four most important religious sites where Buddhists practice pilgrimage. It is a place that has been in existence for a very long time, and this book gives you a feel of the place. This book gives a detailed historical evolution of Bodhgaya’s art as well as the art objects that are present in the archeological site.

Read it For:
you should read this book because it is very insightful and teaches a lot about Bodhgaya, one of the holiest places.
Don't Read it For:
it is focused on Buddhism and may not appeal to everyone.
What makes this book stand out?:
this book stands out because of the beauty of the language used and the information about the art of Bodhgaya which is one of the most esteemed places in India.

INDIAN ART AND CULTURE

Nitin Singhania published this book, and it features all information about the heritage of India. It touches on the music, the painting, art, and architecture. It is a book that was written to help the Civil Services Preliminary and Main Examinations aspirants and equip them with the knowledge that will help them pass their examinations with excellence. At the end of each chapter are questions that will enable the student.

Read it For:
read this book if you are preparing for the exams as it will equip you with relevant information
Don't Read it For:
this book is not for pleasure purposes. Its primary focus is to help students with exam preparations.
What makes this book stand out?:
this book stands out because it has been tailored efficiently to help students pass their exams.

THE HISTORY OF INDIAN ART

this is a very comprehensive book that is detailed and lays out all the vital information relating to the Indian Art. The chapters are divided depending on the period and the periods include the prehistoric period, the verdict period, and the modern art. It is a perfect book showing the evolution and development of art in the India.

Read it For:
This is one of the best books to read if you are a college student taking courses on Arts.
Don't Read it For:
do not read this book if you are looking for something to please you or entertain you.
What makes this book stand out?:
this art book stands out because of the way it is detailed and the information categorized. It makes it easy to study.

THE (NEW) ART BOOK

This is an excellent book and features as one of our top 10 art books of 2017 because it has all the most important and highly celebrated works of art from all over the world. This book has some of the most powerful visual representations that are exciting and detailed. It covers paintings, sculpture, drawings, performance arts, printing, conceptual arts and more. All these are from the dateless past to the present.

Read it For:
you should read this book because it has information about the most important historical works of art and the latest vital ones.
Don't Read it For:
not everyone has a liking for old-age art. Therefore, it may not appeal to everyone.
What makes this book stand out?:
this book stands out because it encompasses the most vital works of art that shaped the art of the whole world.

INDIAN HERITAGE, ART, AND CULTURE

This book was developed using a very easy language and revolves around the Indian heritage, art, and culture. It is also another book that helps in preparing students for examinations. It has practice questions, previous exams, and it is perfectly structured concerning India’s chronological unfolding from the past to the present.

Read it For:
You should read this book in preparation for your Civil Service Main Examinations.
Don't Read it For:
if you are looking for a particular art to get more insight, this book may be too limited for you.
What makes this book stand out?:
this book stands out because it is highly detailed and it is appealing to students as well as other audiences.

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