In this fascinating study, Partha Mitter traces the history of European reactions to Indian art, from the earliest encounters of explorers with the exotic. East to the more sophisticated but still incomplete appreciations of the early twentieth century. Mitter's new Preface reflects upon the profound changes in Western interpretations of non-Western societies over the past fifteen years.
Partha Mitter teaches at the University of Sussex. He was a Fellow of Clare Hall, Cambridge University, and Visiting Fellow at the Institute for Advanced Study at Princeton University. He has just completed a book on art and nationalism in colonial India.