The Freeman Volume 4

The Freeman Volume 4

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1921 edition. Excerpt: ...that Hindu art is the product of a yogic hypersensitive consciousness, any more than the best specimens of mediaeval Christian art are that. Mr. Havell holds that in Indian, and perhaps all Asian art "it is very rarely the case that any attempt at portraiture is made, as often happens in Western sacred art: it is an ideal racial type rather than an individual that Is represented." No doubt the images of the Buddha represent an ideal racial type; but does Mr. Havell believe that either the mediaeval or modern pictures and images of Christ and the Apostles are to be regarded as photographic representations? Mr. Havell admits that there i-s "an undertone of intense realism" beneath the concep tions of Indian religious art; and he finds "abundant evidence of the most careful study of nature in the movement of the figures, in the expressive drawing of the hands." Yet he declares that the ideal of Greek art is athletic, that of Hindu art spiritual; and in support of this theory, he compares the emaciated starving Buddha with the healthy, well-fed Apollo. This is, of course, a wholly unfair comparison. With the Apollo we must compare the torso of the robust and athletic Bodhisattva if we are seeking a correct perspective. The truth of the matter is that when due allowance is made for superficial differences in schools and epochs there is an essential identity of artistic inspiration between East and West.-V. S. SUKTHANKAR. THE making of Irish anthologies seems endless, and yet, when they have all been scanned, one comes back to "A Treasury of Irish Poetry," by Mr. T. W. Rolleston and the late Dr. Stopford Brooke, as the most satisfactory of them all. If it were issued in a revised and enlarged...show more

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  • Paperback | 752 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 38mm | 1,320g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236865987
  • 9781236865984