About the book:
This book is a pioneering work on an area which has received scant attention in the past. Studies on the period of Haider Ali and Tipu Sultan - the 'Mysore Sultans' inevitably focus on the dominant narrative of political history of the time and its attendant romantic anecdotes. Consequently, the study of art and architecture of the period has so far remained in the shadows. This book is a detailed aesthetic study of the art and architecture of the palaces, forts, mosques, mausoleum at Srirangapatna, Bangalore and the neighborhood. Further, this book closely examines the exquisite murals in the summer palace at Srirangaptna. It also incorporates the scientific investigation of the pigment composition of the paintings. Finally, the appendix has a survey of the coins of the Mysore Sultans from the National Museum collection.