Western viewers of Indian art often vacillate between fascination and incomprehension. Baffled by an iconography that eludes them and a feeling of exuberance, they feel that they do not have the necessary codes to appreciate it. The aim of this book is to provide a key to understanding this iconographic and architectural production.
With its 150 colour illustrations and numerous textual sources, Vincent Lefèvre's book takes us to the heart of the genius of Indian art, helping us to understand how it was conceived, produced and understood, to analyse its relationship with artistic production in other regions of the world and to describe its achievements. Over the course of these pages, an art emerges that is not explicit but suggestive, inviting the viewer's imagination at every turn.