Gates of the Lord : The Tradition of Krishna Paintings
A richly illustrated book exploring the art of the Pushtimarg Hindu sect
This important volume accompanies an exhibition at the Art Institute of Chicago - the first major U.S. exhibition to explore the unique visual culture of the Pushtimarg, a Hindu denomination from Western India.
Illustrated with more than one hundred vivid images, offers a new, in-depth look at the Pushtimarg and its rich aesthetic traditions. Original essays by eminent scholars of Indian art focus on the style of worship, patterns of patronage, and artistic heritage that generated pichvais, large paintings on cloth designed to hang in temples, as well as other paintings for the Pushtimarg.
In this expansive study, the authors deftly examine how pichvais were and still are used in the seasonal and daily veneration of Shrinathji, an aspect of Krishna as a child who is the chief deity of the temple town of Nathdwara in Rajasthan. Gates of the Lord introduces readers not only to the visual world of the Pushtimarg, but also to the spirit of Nathdwara.
- Author: Madhuvanti Ghose, Associate Curator of Indian, Southeast Asian, Himalayan, and Islamic Art at the Art Institute of Chicago
- Hardcover: 176 pages | 170 colour and 19 black & white illustrations
- Date published: October 2015
- Language: English
- ISBN: 978-0300214727
- Product Dimensions: 30.5 x 22.9 cm