Steven J. Rosen, Kaisori Bellach
Avatar Art offers a stunning panorama of the most popular figures in India’s array of avatars, gods, sages and demons. Explore a fascinating Vedic world portrayed by contemporary artists.
Learn why Visnu has four arms, why Siva dances and why Ganesh sports the head of an elephant. Read about the curse that created a snake-bird and led to a king’s immolation, and the dishonorable treatment of a queen that ignited the famous Mahabharata war. On these pages, Rama and Ravana battle it out, and the man-lion Narasingha protects a prince. Over 100 color paintings, each with a fascinating story.
Avatar Art is divided into three sections:
1) Avatars, Devas, Sages and Demons – draws almost all the imagery from the Srimad-Bhagavatam. Most of the personalities we associate with Indian imagery were introduced to the West through this sacred text.
2) This section shows the life of Krishna, the playful, blue-skinned boy, who is the Supreme Godhead – the drawings are mainly from the Srimad-Bhagavatam, but also from the Mahabharata.
3) The final section is filled with paintings of Sri Caitanya and his associates. Known as “The Golden Avatar”, Sri Caitanya was a sixteenth-century incarnation of Krishna.
Hardcover, 224 pages, 8.2 x 5.5 inches, color Illustrations.