Coomaraswamy moved to England in and attended Wycliffe College , a preparatory school in Stroud, Gloucestershire , at the age of twelve. In , he graduated from University College , London, with a degree in geology and botany. Their marriage lasted until By , Coomaraswamy had made it his mission to educate the West about Indian art, and was back in London with a large collection of photographs, actively seeking out artists to try to influence. He knew he could not rely on museum curators or other members of the cultural establishment — in he wrote "The main difficulty so far seems to have been that Indian art has been studied so far only by archaeologists.
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The committee particularly seeks nominations of broad scholarly works with innovative approaches that may concern any topic in any discipline or may cross disciplinary lines. First monographs should be submitted for the Bernard S. Cohn Prize. Guidelines for Submission Nominated books must be original, scholarly, nonfiction works with a copyright date, and must be the first publication of this text in English anywhere in the world.
Works are not eligible if they are reference works, exhibition catalogs, textbooks, essay collections, poetry, fiction, memoirs, or autobiographies. Translations will be eligible only if they include a substantial introduction, annotation, or critical apparatus. Co-authored books are eligible; edited volumes of essays are not. Publishers must complete the book nomination form.
Each press may nominate a maximum of six books for the Coomaraswamy Prize. Only publishers may nominate books. Upon receipt of a completed nomination form, publishers will be provided with addresses for prize committee members.
He was concerned with the meaning of a work of art within a traditional culture and with examining the religious and philosophical beliefs that determine the origin and evolution of a particular artistic style. A careful scholar, he also established an art historical framework for the study of the development of Indian art. Of mixed Ceylonese and British parentage, he was educated at Wycliffe College and the University of London , where he earned a doctorate in geology. He was named director of mineral surveys for Ceylon in but soon transferred his interests to the arts of Ceylon and India. Six years later, when the Dennison W. His publications ranged over Indian music, dance, and Vedic literature and philosophy, as well as art.
Ananda Kentish Coomaraswamy