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The Holy Cow and Other Animals: A Selection of Indian Paintings from the Art Institute of Chicago

Pratapaditya Pal and Betty Seid

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Within any collection of Indian paintings—both illuminated manuscript pages and individual works from royal albums—a great percentage will contain animal imagery, either as a central theme or in a supporting role. This is true whether the painting portrays an Indian deity, illustrates an epic narrative, records the daily life of a prince or a common man, or simply depicts a pet animal. The aim of this book is to provide an account of the fascinating interaction between the realms of the animals and of the mortals and the immortals as represented in paintings created in the Indian subcontinent between about 1400 and 1900. It also provides the reader with glimpses into the dazzling world of form and color that distinguish the traditions of Indian painting.

This book accompanied an exhibition of 38 of the Art Institute's rarely seen Indian paintings. It features 50 color images, an introductory essay by the renowned scholar of Indian, Himalayan, and Southeast Asian art Pratapaditya Pal and catalogue entries by Pal and Betty Seid.

The Art Institute of Chicago and University of Washington Press, 2002 
6 1/4 x 9 in.; 80 pages; approx. 50 color illustrations 
ISBN 0-86559-196-2