Emerging from a series of exquisite talks presented as the Sixty-Fifth A. W. Mellon Lectures in the Fine Arts, hosted by the Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts (CASVA) at the National Gallery of Art in 2016, Vidya Dehejia's The Thief Who Stole My Heart represents a momentous scholarly achievement. As the first South Asia specialist ever invited to deliver the prestigious CASVA Mellon talks, Dehejia's book aims at a broader legibility that makes not only myriad specialist interventions but also a clear case for the significance of the region for the discipline of art history. Whereas publications in this series typically take the form of a set of essays drawn directly from the lectures, Dehejia's book instead substantially expands upon her oral arguments, revisiting older scholarship through new lenses drawn from environmental history, material culture studies, and the growing literature on mobility and globalization in the Indian...
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Book Review| November 01 2022
The Thief Who Stole My Heart: The Material Life of Chola Bronzes from South India, c. 855–1280
The Thief Who Stole My Heart: The Material Life of Chola Bronzes from South India, c. 855–1280. By Vidya Dehejia.
Princeton University Press,
2021. 336 pp. ISBN: 9780691202594 (cloth).
Journal of Asian Studies (2022) 81 (4): 777–778.
Tamara I. Sears; The Thief Who Stole My Heart: The Material Life of Chola Bronzes from South India, c. 855–1280. Journal of Asian Studies 1 November 2022; 81 (4): 777–778. doi: https://doi.org/10.1017/S0021911822001401
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