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Temples of Gold: Seven Centuries of Thai Buddhist Paintings (Hardcover) by Santi Leksukhum (Author)

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Temples of Gold: Seven Centuries of Thai Buddhist Paintings by Santi Leksukhum (Author), Gilles Mermet (Photographer, Translator), Kenneth D. Whitehead (Translator, Photographer), Sankti Leksukhum (Author)

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  • Hardcover: 264 pages
  • Language English
  • ISBN-10: 0500975965
  • ISBN-13: 978-0500975961 
  • Dimensions: 33.2 x 27.4 x 2.8 cm

Editorial Reviews on Temples of Gold: Seven Centuries of Thai Buddhist Paintings

From Publishers Weekly
Even a confident lover of much Asian art may be surprised by the splendor and variety of the visual arts in Thailand. In Temples of Gold: Seven Centuries of Thai Buddhist Paintings, Bangkok art historian Santi Leksukhum (trans. by Kenneth Whitehead) demonstrates how Thai art evolved, what to look for in the paintings and how to see it; religious conventions, political events and several types of perspective are all explained. Photographer Gilles Mermet's (Mosaics of Roman Africa) 120 handsome, full-color images capture the splendors and oddities of Thai Buddhist murals, panels and architecture from sometimes-contorted, colorful battles and crowd scenes to elegant gold-and-black meditating Buddhas, surrounded by light or suspended amid the waves.

Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information, Inc.

From Library Journal
This handsome book brings us to the wall paintings of Buddhist temples in Thailand. Leksukhum (art history, Univ. of Silkadorn, Bangkok) explores the history of these paintings, commenting on the styles of the Sukhothai and Ayutthaya schools, which flourished in the 13th through the 18th centuries, as well as on the Rattanakosin schools of the 18th and 19th centuries. The work traces the sources of artistic inspiration from ancient Buddhist texts, including The Three Worlds, Ten Great Jatakas, and episodes in the life of the Buddha. The murals, captured by the French photographer Gilles Mermet (Mosaics of Roman Africa: Floor Mosaics from Tunisia, LJ 2/1/97), reveal the inherent contradictions and harmonies at work in these large-scale paintings. A fabulously illustrated feast for art lovers, students of Buddhism, and art historians, this is one of the few books in the last two decades to focus on Buddhist art in Thailand. Recommended for deep art collections in academic and public libraries. Lucia S. Chen, NYPL
Copyright 2001 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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"My No. 1 Choice So Far" 2002-10-17
By schiff (Tel-Aviv Israel)
Temples of Gold: Seven Centuries of Thai Buddhist Paintings
by Sankti Leksukhum, et al is the first and (so far) only book dealing with South-East Asian culture to deserve my 5 star rating. The commentary is well-researched, easily read and flows hand-in-hand with the breathtaking reproductions of Thai narrative murals of the Sukhothai, Ayutthaya and later Rattanakosin periods. The publisher, George Brazillier, should also be commended on the splendid and meticulous execution and quality of the printing and the excellent choice of format, which make these amazing masterpieces of Thai art spring-up at the reader right from the printed page. Need I say more? If you like the subject matter - definitely go and buy this book.

"My No. 1 Choice So Far" 2002-10-17
By schiff (Tel-Aviv Israel)
Temples of Gold: Seven Centuries of Thai Buddhist Paintings
by Sankti Leksukhum, et al is the first and (so far) only book dealing with South-East Asian culture to deserve my 5 star rating. The commentary is well-researched, easily read and flows hand-in-hand with the breathtaking reproductions of Thai narrative murals of the Sukhothai, Ayutthaya and later Rattanakosin periods. The publisher, George Brazillier, should also be commended on the splendid and meticulous execution and quality of the printing and the excellent choice of format, which make these amazing masterpieces of Thai art spring-up at the reader right from the printed page. Need I say more? If you like the subject matter - definitely go and buy this book.

"A Feast for the Eyes" 2002-10-07
By schiff (Tel-Aviv Israel)
Temples of Gold: Seven Centuries of Thai Buddhist Paintings by Sankti Leksukhum, et al, is both a serious and entertaining essay which gives one the feeling of actually "being there". A must for the serious admirer of South-east Asian art and culture!


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Origins Of Thai Art (Hardcover) by Betty Gosling (Author)

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Origins Of Thai Art by Betty Gosling (Author)
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The Origins Of Thai Art by Betty Gosling Description

This richly illustrated, very readable book presents a survey of early Thai art within the context of recent art research. These extraordinary glimpses into Thailand's once hidden past have remained hidden and disconnected until recently. Here in one volume is a comprehensive survey over three and a half millennia of art that has led toward the formation of the modern Thai nation.

About the Author
Betty Gosling holds a Ph.D. in art history and is the author of three previous books on Southeast Asian art. She has traveled extensively through much of Asia and lived for several years in Malaysia and Thailand.

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"Excellent art and history" 2009-09-13
By RevHist (Rochester, NY)
After visiting Thailand I became very interested in the art so when I discovered the availability of Betty Gosling's work I rushed my order. I wasn't disappointed at all. Dr. Gosling has published a first rate work that is carefully researched and documented. Her history is fascinating and her writing flows smoothly so the reader isn't bogged down in incomprehensible minutia. The photographs are stunning and very numerous so that each aspect of the development of Thai art is very clear to the reader. The numerous line drawings that accompany many of the photos are a great aid in understanding the architecture of buildings and the details of some hard to discern architectural details.

In some cases I would have like to see a few detail photos of some of the wats and prangs such as Wat Arunt and Wat Phra Kaeo. In other instances I believe a few interior photos of some of the ancient wats would give an enhanced understanding of the massive building skills involved in the construction of these buildings. I realize that there are only a few wats where you can actually explore the interior but those few would provide stunning additions to an understanding of the function of these structures.

My one regret is that I did not have the pleasure of studying Dr. Gosling's work before my visit to Thailand. Even as a post-trip exploration this book is fascinating and an excellent addition to any historical, was well as art, library. Highly recommended.

 "Origins of Thai Art" 2009-08-11
By Susan Spencer
I have not yet received this product.
It should have been here a couple of weeks ago.
This does not speak well of the bookseller
Does not even receive one star, but cant go forward unless I gave it something.


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Last Updated on Tuesday, 06 October 2009 08:47
 

The Kingdom of Siam: The Art of Central Thailand, 1350-1800 (Paperback) by Forrest McGill (Author)

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The Kingdom of Siam: The Art of Central Thailand, 1350-1800 by Forrest McGill (Author), M.L. Pattaratorn Chirapravati (Author), Kaz Tsuruta (Photographer)


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The Kingdom of Siam: The Art of Central Thailand, 1350-1800 Description

In 1686 King Louis XIV of France had the great Hall of Mirrors in Versailles specially prepared to receive, with exceptional pomp and ceremony, a group of foreign envoys. The envoys brought with them two shiploads of gifts for the court. In fact they delivered so many objects of gold, silver, and lacquer the French complained that their list would be as long as a book. The envoys had been sent from the kingdom of Ayutthaya, or "Siam," as it was know in the West. Though little remembered today, Ayutthaya was one of the largest and most important kingdoms in Southeast Asia.

The Kingdom of Siam: The Art of Central Tahiland, 1350รป1800 documents the first U.S. exhibition of classical art from Thailand in more than thirty years. It collects eighty-nine of the finest surviving works from Ayutthaya; drawn from collections in Thailand, Europe, and the United States, many of these are being displayed for the first time in the West. The catalogue, prepared under the primary direction of Forrest McGill, chief curator of the Asian Art Museum, is not only a work of exceptional scholarship but also the fascinating story of a once-glorious culture that until now had been almost entirely lost in the mists of time.


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"essential reading on the lost kingdom of Ayutthaya" 2005-02-23
By T. Xensen (San Francisco)
The Kingdom of Siam commemorates an extraordinay exhibition of Thai art that opened February 2005 at the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco. It is the result of a lifetime of research by Dr. Forrest McGill. In the amazon listing as it appears at this writing the publisher information is incorrect. The book was co-published in the United States by the Asian Art Museum and Art Media Resources.


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Last Updated on Tuesday, 06 October 2009 08:43
 

The Arts of Thailand (Hardcover) by Steve Van Beek (Author)

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The Arts of Thailand by Steve Van Beek (Author)

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From Library Journal
From start to finish, this is a classic example of the synergy of clear, thoughtful text, superb photography, and clean, attractive book design. Since most non-Thais have little knowledge of the Thai history or culture, Van Beek carefully covers the history of Thai art from the Bronze Age to the present, paying particular attention to the Buddhist influence of the last 700 years. Scores of rich, well-printed photos examine Thai sculpture, architecture, and mural painting. Despite the relative paucity of material on Thailand's superb ceramics and a skimpy coverage of 19th- and 20th-century art, this is the best single volume on Thai art history around. Recommended for academic and large public libraries.ADavid McClelland, Philadelphia
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc.

The Arts of Thailand by Steve Van Beek Description

For over 1000 years Thailand has been a crossroads for the artistic traditions of India, Sri Lanka, Cambodia and Indonesia. Over that time, it has slowly developed its own unique style of artistic expression. This study, drawing on extensive museum, temple and library research, covers the major forms and periods of Thai art and provides a complete overview of the tradition.

 

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 "Excellent Photos and Writing" 2009-06-29
By Daruma
I cut out so many pictures to frame from an older copy that I had to buy a new version of this book of Thai art. The book is well-written and gives the historical facts around the art. There is a wealth of beautiful color photos, many of them perfect in size for an 8 x 10 frame, and they cover all of the periods of Thai art. This book is superior for those who love art history, Asian art, Thai art, or Buddhist art, especially the original Buddhism, known as Theravada Buddhism, the form practiced in Thailand.

 "Not So Impressed" 2006-06-30
By Tome Raider (California, United States)
Having been to Thailand many times I thought this would be a worthwhile book to have as it covers many of the sights I've seen there. Unfortunately, the pictorial content looks average, and the sections I've read all seem only moderately inspired at best. But what really disappoints me is the cheap cardboard cover. Given what I've paid for the book it really should be a cloth-covered (or "buckram") hardback. Instead, this is the cheap-type cover you see on the discounted books at your local bookseller. I'm afraid the craft of fine book-making is declining even in these so-called fine art books. This is very unfortunate. A good book should be an investment, especially at this price, and this book is not a compelling product for the money. I'd rather have a nice paperback than a cheaply done hardback.


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