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Desire and devotion : art from India, Nepal, and Tibet in the John and Berthe Ford collection
Pal, Pratapaditya.
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Baltimore, Md. : Walters Art Museum, [2001]

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348 pages : color illustrations, map ; 31 cm
General Note:
Published to accompany an exhibition held at the Walters Art Museum, Baltimore, Md. 20 October 2001-13 January 2002; the Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Santa Barbara, Calif. 2 March 2002-2 June 2002; the Albuquerque Museum, Albuquerque, N.M. 7 September 2002-5 January 2003; and the Birmingham Museum of Art, Birmingham, Ala. 9 March-25 May 2003.
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N7301 .P352 2001 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area-Oversize

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The collection of John and Berthe Ford represents one of the most important private holdings of Indian and Himalayan art in the world. Certain objects have been widely exhibited, such as the Green Tara (a female Buddhist goddess), a painting executed in India around 1100 for a Tibetan patron and recognized both as a masterpiece and as a cornerstone for the study of Tibetan painting. Others have never been publicly shown. The exhibition and the accompanying publication bring together works from both India and the Himalayas, demonstrating the range and depth of the Ford collection, providing an extraordinary overview of 2,000 years of history, and illustrating enduring themes in the art of Southern Asia with outstanding works of art.

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Library Journal Review

This breathtaking catalog of Indian and Himalayan art from the John and Berthe Ford collection accompanies an exhibition originating at the Walters Art Museum in Baltimore and touring the United States through May 2003. Exhibited is a portion of the private collection containing important southern Asian art objects spanning 2000 years. John Ford began collecting in 1963 on his travels to India and Nepal and continued with advice from his wife, Berthe. Pal (visiting curator of Indian and Himalayan art at the Art Institute of Chicago), who wrote the collection's first catalog in 1971, offers an introductory essay, descriptions, and interpretations of the cataloged items. Straightforward essays clarify the context in which the works of art were created. The catalog, which includes never-before-exhibited objects, is well indexed and beautifully illustrated and contains an extensive bibliography, a map, and English translations of all inscriptions. Other well-illustrated, reasonably priced overviews of religious art in South Asia include Heather Elgood's Hinduism and the Religious Arts, Robert E. Fischer's Buddhist Art and Architecture, and T. Richard Blurton's Hindu Art. Pal's widely ranging work is recommended for larger arts collections in museum, academic, or public libraries.DNancy J. Mactague, Aurora Univ. Lib., IL (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.