In the Shadow of the Golden Age: Art and Identity in Asia from Gandhara to the Modern Age

Julia A. B. Hegewald, ed.
In the Shadow of the Golden Age: Art and Identity in Asia from Gandhara to the Modern Age
Studies in Asian Art and Culture Volume 1.
EB-Verlag, Berlin, 2014.
ISBN: 978-3-86893-149-5

This volume examines and debates the validity and usefulness of the concept of the golden age when investigating, structuring and categorising Asian and Islamic art. The book contains contributions from fifteen renowned international specialists in the visual arts and humanities working on material from a wide range of periods and regions throughout Asia and the Islamic world.

Instead of concentrating on the so-called ‘high points’ and ‘golden ages’ of art, which have so far stood at the centre of art-historical enquiries, this text focuses on visual expressions of confrontation with the ‘other’ during times of change. These challenging but artistically often very fertile periods were marked by intense efforts by communities in search of new identities.   Through their art and frequently through the re-use of old symbols in new settings they have succeeded in redefining themselves so as to strengthen their religious, cultural or political position. In the history of art, these less investigated phases raise new issues, which contribute significantly to the discipline.  

The book has been enriched with a Foreword by Partha Mitter, has a valuable glossary and is beautifully illustrated. It offers novel insights to the specialist and introduces a fascinating new area of enquiry to the general reader.  

Contributors: Susan L. Huntington, Ciro Lo Muzio, John C. Huntington, Petra H. Rösch,William A. Southworth, Sarah Shaw, Christoph Emmrich, Tiziana Lorenzetti, Julia A. B. Hegewald, Mallica Kumbera Landrus, Jennifer Howes, Eva-Maria Troelenberg, Nalini Balbir, Parul Dave Mukherji, Regina Höfer.

Table of Contents  

The Golden Age, History and Memory in Modernity
Partha Mitter  


Chapter 1
Introduction: Out of the Shadow of the Golden Age
Julia A. B. Hegewald  

Chapter 2
Buddhist Art Through a Modern Lens: A Case of a Mistaken Scholarly Trajectory
Susan L. Huntington  

Chapter 3
The Legacy of Gandhāra in Central Asian Painting
Ciro Lo Muzio  

Chapter 4
The ‘Movable’ Golden Ages: ‘Western’ Asiatic Art Beyond its Homeland and Transitioning to Central and North-East Asia
John C. Huntington  

Chapter 5
‘Golden Age’ and ‘Decline’ in Art-Historical Writing on Chinese Buddhist Sculpture: Describing a Shifting Discourse
Petra Hildegard Rösch

Chapter 6
The Alteration and Destruction of Buddhist Images at Angkor, During the Thirteenth and Fourteenth Centuries
William A. Southworth  

Chapter 7
Art and Narrative in Changing Conditions: Southern Buddhist Temple Art as an Accommodation of the New and Diverse
Sarah Shaw  

Chapter 8
Performing Endangerment: Damage, Loss and Maintenance in the Historiography of Newar Religious Artefacts
Christoph Emmrich  

Chapter 9
Political and Social Dimensions as Reflected in Medieval Indian Sculpture: Comparisons, Antagonism, Identity
Tiziana Lorenzetti  

Chapter 10
Golden Age or Kali-Yuga?: The Changing Fortunes of Jaina Art and Identity in Karnataka
Julia A. B. Hegewald  

Chapter 11
Trans-Cultural Temples: Identity and Practice in Goa
Mallica Kumbera Landrus  

Chapter 12
Indian ‘Company School’ Art from 1780 to 1820: Collecting Versus Documenting
Jennifer Howes  

Chapter 13
The ‘Golden Age’ and the Secession: Approaches to Alterity in Early Twentieth-century World Art Eva-Maria Troelenberg

Chapter 14
Old Texts, New Images: Illustrating the Śvetāmbara Jaina Āgamas Today
Nalini Balbir  

Chapter 15
Entangled Temporality: Contemporary Indian Artists and Their Retakes on the ‘Golden’ Age
Parul Dave Mukherji

Chapter 16
Shanghai, Paris, Little Lhasa: On Global Perspectives of Contemporary Tibetan Art or The Multiplicity of Artistic Golden Ages
Regina Höfer  

List of Plates  
Notes on Contributors  

SAAC Volume 2 will appear in the autumn and is "The Hindu Temple: Structure and Symbols" by Tiziana Lorenzetti.

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