Want to dress up a professional space with some interesting coffee table picks and curios? What better than these great coffee table books on Indian art in its exceptional modern and traditional forms. Indian art consists of a variety of art forms; whether painting, sculpture or pottery, each distinctive with a regional design flavor and style. Geographically, it spans the entire Indian subcontinent, including modern-day India. If you wish to add sophistication and definite character to your work-space or a meeting area, grab these recommendations for your coffee table:
1. Mughal Painting, Art and Stories
Mughal Painting, Art and Stories is a captivating and vibrant reflection of the art and history of the great Mughal Empire. Artistically curated and written, this book blends Persian and Indian themes and styles, along with Central Asian and European elements. It beautifully acknowledges the intense, delicate, detailed, luxurious and unique style that Mughal art stands for.
Author: Sonya Rhie Quintanilla, Dominique DeLuca
2. India Temple Sculpture
This book is a rich compendium that delves into the religious sculptures of India in all its complexities. It explores its origins and cosmological meaning, its function within the architectural schema, and its dynamic role in facilitating worship by devotees. It is also an excellent introduction to the three traditional religions of the Indian subcontinent — Hinduism, Jainism and Buddhism. Educational and informative - Indian Temple Sculpture will fascinate all those interested in traditional Indian art and culture.
Author: John Guy
3. Peacock in the Desert: The Royal Arts of Jodhpur, India
This book presents the dominant art style from the largest former princely state of Jodhpur, Rajasthan. It traces the evolution of the royal identity in the kingdom of Marwar, Jodhpur and sheds fresh light on its rich culture and art. Enlightening and informative, this book adds crucial chapters to describe India's royal visual splendor.
Author: Karni Jasol
4. Paths to Perfection: Buddhist Art at the Freer
The book ‘Paths to Perfection’ explores Buddhist art and its history across cultures. The entries are divided by type into five sections: buddhas, bodhisattvas, mandalas and ritual objects, teachers and teachings, and attendants and protectors. With a map and glossary, it helps readers understand significant Buddhist sites and terms. It is an intriguing look at the artwork of one of the world's great religions.
Author: Debra Diamond
5.Divine Pleasures: Painting from India's Rajput Courts - The Kronos Collections
This publication features over 90 important paintings from the predominantly Hindu Rajput tradition of Indian painting. The paintings are characterized by their brilliant colours and vivid depictions of scenes from Hindu epics, mystical legends and courtly life. The book features an informative entry for each work. Through proper research and observations, the author helps you understand the significance of various moments in Indian culture.
Author: Terence Mcinerney, Steven M. Kossak, Navina Najat Haidar
6.Forgotten Masters: Indian Painting for the East India Company
This book celebrates the work of various extraordinary Indian artists, all of whom worked for East India Company officials in the late eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. It not only appreciates the brilliance and originality of ancient paintings, but also offers a rare glimpse at the beautiful cultural fusion between Indian and British artistic styles during this period.
Author: William Dalrymple
7.Eastern Encounters: Four Centuries of Paintings and Manuscripts from the Indian Subcontinent
This publication highlights the superb works of Indian art, many of which have never before been publically displayed or published. Beautifully illustrated and meticulously researched, ‘Eastern Encounters’ provides a fascinating insight into the rich and underexplored art only British royalty hitherto had access to.
Author: Debra Diamond
No matter what your age, exposure or background – all the above books offer an interesting insight into traditional and modern Indian art styles. Popular and highly acclaimed – not only will they offer you a great understanding of the evolution of art in India, but will also stand as volumes to cherish, and influence the artist in us for years to come.