"South Asia has a long, vibrant artistic tradition. But art enthusiasts in
search of an easy-to-read reference on the region’s art have long been
disappointed. Now, the New York Times
’ Ginanne Brownell reports, a team of
researchers has launched an open-source online encyclopedia covering over
10,000 years of South Asian art— the first such collection of information about
Indian and South Asian art of its kind.
The MAP Academy Encyclopedia of Indian Art, supported by Bangalore’s Museum of
Art and Photography (MAP), launched last week with over 2,000 peer-reviewed
entries on artwork ranging from paintings, to sculptures, to textiles and
Each easy-to-read entry is in article form with text and images, and focuses on
artistic techniques, the importance of individual works, and the art movements
to which they belong, Hyperallergic
’s Jasmine Liu writes.
The peer-reviewed articles were created by roughly 20 researchers and editors,
CNN’s Oscar Holland notes, and the peer-reviewed project was supervised by
scholars, editors and art history experts. Though the encyclopedia is only in
English, organizers hope to launch Hindi translations in the near future.
Currently, writes Holland, the team is aiming to add roughly 1,000 additional
entries per year, including artwork from Bangladesh and Pakistan in recognition
of art movements that pre-date modern borders."
Via V. T. Eric Layton.
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