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Department of the History of Art and Archaeology

Dr Crispin Branfoot

BA (Manchester), MA, PhD (London)

Overview

Crispin Branfoot
Department of the History of Art and Archaeology

Senior Lecturer in South Asian Art and Archaeology

Centre of Jaina Studies

Member, Centre of Jaina Studies

SOAS South Asia Institute

Academic Staff, SOAS South Asia Institute

Centre for Migration and Diaspora Studies

Member

The Southeast Asian Art Academic Programme

Project Board Member

Name:
Dr Crispin Branfoot
Email address:
Telephone:
020 7898 4450
Fax:
020 7898 4479
Address:
SOAS, University of London
Thornhaugh Street, Russell Square, London WC1H 0XG
Building:
Brunei Gallery
Office No:
B311
On Sabbatical:
Term 1 - 2014/15

Biography

Dr Branfoot studied Ancient History and Archaeology at Manchester University (BA), and Art & Archaeology at SOAS (MA, PhD). He has worked in the Departments of Eastern Art at the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford and Oriental Antiquities at the British Museum in London. From 2000 to 2005 he was Senior Research Fellow in South Asian Art and Architecture at De Montfort University in Leicester (2000-5). Before joining SOAS in 2006 he taught South Asian art at De Montfort University, the University of Oxford, the British Museum, the Victoria and Albert Museum and Sothebys Institute. He is an Associate Editor for the journal South Asian Studies, one of the two academic journals of the British Association for South Asian Studies. He was promoted to Senior Lecturer in 2009.

Teaching

Courses Taught
PhD Students supervised
  • Anais Da Fonseca, Contemporary Lives of Cherial Paintings from Telangana, India: Continuity and Changes
  • Bryony Whitmarsh, 'The Narayanhiti Palace Museum: Memory, Power and National Identity'
  • Emma Martin, Charles Bell, a collector in Tibet
Former PhD Students
  • Yashaswini Chandra (2011) – Sacred Change: Material Heritage in Cultural Negotiations in the Western Himalayas

Research

Current Research

His main area of research is the arts of southern India from 1350 to 1800, the period encompassed by the Vijayanagara Empire and the Nayaka successor states. He has conducted fieldwork across southern India and also in Sri Lanka. The Tamil temple has been the focus of his research across a number of themes: patronage and politics; festival ritual and the planning of temples and cities; architecture and religious identity; pilgrimage and sacred landscape; iconography and artistic practice in architectural sculpture; royal portraiture in south Indian temples and courts.

He has convened two international conferences: on traditions of art in 19th and 20th century South Asia in 2002 at De Montfort University, in which both scholars and practitioners examined the textiles, temples arts and religious architecture of colonial and modern South Asia; and in 2010, on portraiture in South Asia. An edited book from the latter, Portraiture in South Asia since the Mughals: Art, History, Representation (London: I.B. Tauris) is in preparation.

Current research includes the construction, renovation and conservation of religious architecture in south India in the 19th and early 20th centuries. This project develops his earlier work and interests in the historiography of Indian art, portraiture, colonial archaeology and photography, and temple architecture. He has recently co-authored with Prof. Roger Taylor of De Montfort University Captain Linnaeus Tripe: Photographer of India and Burma, 1854-1860 (Washington DC: National Gallery of Art and Prestel Publishing), the catalogue for a travelling exhibition that opens in September 2014 at the National Gallery of Art, Washington DC.

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Available for
  • TV
  • Radio
  • Press
  • Briefings
  • Special Study Programmes
  • Short Term Consultancy
  • Long Term Consultancy
Regional Expertise
  • South Asia
Country Expertise
  • India
Languages

Publications

Authored Books

Taylor, Roger and Branfoot, Crispin (2014) Captain Linnaeus Tripe: Photographer of India and Burma, 1852-1860. Washington: National Gallery of Art and Prestel Publishing.

Branfoot, Crispin (2007) Gods on the Move: Architecture and Ritual in the South Indian Temple. London: British Academy & Society for South Asian Studies.

Edited Books

Branfoot, Crispin and Barnes, Ruth, eds. (2006) Pilgrimage: The Sacred Journey. Oxford: Ashmolean Museum.

Book Chapters

Branfoot, Crispin (2013) 'Imperial Memory: the Vijayanagara Legacy in the Art of the Tamil Nayakas.' In: Verghese, Anila, (ed.), Krishnadevaraya and His Times. Mumbai: K R Cama Oriental Institute, pp. 316-344.

Branfoot, Crispin and Dallapiccola, Anna L. (2012) 'Bhatkal's Ramayana Panels.' In: Michell, George, (ed.), Kanara, A Land Apart: The Artistic Heritage of Coastal Karnataka. Mumbai: Marg Publications, pp. 58-65.

Branfoot, Crispin (2011) 'In a Land of Kings: donors, elites and temple sculpture.' In: Dallapiccola, Anna L. and Verghese, Anila, (eds.), South India under Vijayanagara: Art and Archaeology. New Delhi: Oxford University Press, pp. 249-262.

Branfoot, Crispin (2011) 'Minaksi's wedding: painting the sacred marriage in early modern Madurai.' In: Dallapiccola, Anna L., (ed.), Indian Painting: The Lesser Known Traditions. New Delhi: Niyogi Publications, pp. 172-189.

Branfoot, Crispin (2010) 'Iconography and Images: Art.' In: Jacobsen, Knut, (ed.), Brill Encyclopaedia of Hinduism, Vol. II: Texts, Rituals, Arts, Concepts. Leiden: E.J. Brill, pp. 536-550.

Branfoot, Crispin (2007) 'South Asia and the Himalayas.' In: Contadini, Anna, (ed.), Objects of Instruction: Treasures of the School of Oriental and African Studies. London: SOAS, pp. 68-74.

Branfoot, Crispin (2007) 'Regional Pasts, Imperial Present: architecture and memory in Vijayanagara-period Karnataka.' In: Hardy, Adam, (ed.), The Temple in South Asia. London: British Association for South Asian Studies, pp. 105-125.

Branfoot, Crispin (2006) 'Where on Earth is South Asia? Indian art and UK universities.' In: Tatlock, Janet, (ed.), 21st Century Art History - Global Reception. Brighton: Association of Art Historians, pp. 11-15.

Branfoot, Crispin (2006) 'Pilgrimage in South Asia: Crossing Boundaries of Space and Faith.' In: Branfoot, Crispin and Barnes, Ruth, (eds.), Pilgrimage: The Sacred Journey. Oxford: Ashmolean Museum, pp. 44-79.

Branfoot, Crispin and Allan, James W. (2006) 'Travellers of Faith: Pilgrim Tales.' In: Branfoot, Crispin and Barnes, Ruth, (eds.), Pilgrimage: The Sacred Journey. Oxford: Ashmolean Museum, pp. 96-115.

Branfoot, Crispin (1999) 'Tiruchirappalli and the Sacred Island of Srirangam.' In: Michell, George, (ed.), Eternal Kaveri: Historical Sites Along South India's Greatest River. Bombay: Marg Publications, pp. 75-88.

Branfoot, Crispin 'Making Space for the Sacred: Hindu Art and Material Religion.' In: Oddie, Geoffrey, (ed.), The Sage Handbook of Hinduism in Asia. New Delhi: Sage. (In Press)

Branfoot, Crispin 'Later Hindu architecture in the Deccan and south India.' In: Etlin, Richard, (ed.), The Cambridge History of World Religious Architecture. Cambridge & New York: Cambridge University Press. (Forthcoming)

Branfoot, Crispin 'Pilgrimage and sacred geography.' In: Etlin, Richard, (ed.), The Cambridge History of World Religious Architecture. Cambridge & New York: Cambridge University Press. (Forthcoming)

Articles

Branfoot, Crispin (2013) 'Remaking the past: Tamil sacred landscape and temple renovations.' Bulletin of the School of Oriental and African Studies, 76 (1). pp. 21-47.

Branfoot, Crispin (2013) 'The Great Chola Temples: Tanjavur, Gangaikondacolapuram and Darasuram.' Sahapedia .

Branfoot, Crispin (2012) 'Dynastic genealogies, portraiture and the place of the past in early modern South India.' Artibus Asiae, 72 (2). pp. 323-376.

Branfoot, Crispin (2008) 'Imperial Frontiers: Building Sacred Space in Sixteenth-century South India.' The Art Bulletin, 90 (2). pp. 171-194.

Branfoot, Crispin (2007) 'Painting Processions: a Company album from south India.' Orientations, 38 (8). pp. 73-78.

Branfoot, Crispin (2006) 'Processions and Presence: Bronze Sculptures from the Temples of Southern India.' Arts of Asia, 36 (5).

Branfoot, Crispin and Dallapiccola, Anna (2005) 'Temple architecture in Bhatkal and the Ramayana tradition in coastal Karnataka.' Artibus Asiae, 65 (2). pp. 253-308.

Branfoot, Crispin (2004) 'The Madurai Nayakas and the Skanda temple at Tirupparankundram.' Ars Orientalis, 33 . pp. 146-179.

Branfoot, Crispin (2002) '‘Expanding Form’: The Architectural Sculpture of the South Indian Temple c.1500-1700.' Artibus Asiae, 62 (2). pp. 189-245.

Branfoot, Crispin (2002) 'Bhima and Purusamirukam in the Nayaka-period Sculpture of Tamilnadu.' South Asian Studies, 18 . pp. 77-82.

Branfoot, Crispin (2001) 'Mangammal of Madurai and South Indian Portraiture.' East and West, 51 (3-4). pp. 369-377.

Branfoot, Crispin (2001) 'Tirumala Nayaka's 'New Hall' and the European Study of the South Indian Temple.' Journal of the Royal Asiatic Society, 11 (2). pp. 191-218.

Branfoot, Crispin (2000) 'Royal Portrait Sculpture in the South Indian Temple.' South Asian Studies, 16 . pp. 11-36.

Branfoot, Crispin (2000) 'Approaching the Temple in Nayaka-period Madurai: the Kutal Alakar temple.' Artibus Asiae, 60 (2). pp. 197-221.

Branfoot, Crispin (1995) 'Burmese Nats: Wooden Sculpture from the Richard C. Temple Collection.' Eastern Art Report, 4 (2). pp. 34-36.

Book Reviews

Branfoot, Crispin (2013) 'Review of Archana Verma, 'Temple Imagery from Early Mediaeval Peninsular India' (2012).' Bulletin of the School of Oriental and African Studies, 76 (3). pp. 534-535.

Branfoot, Crispin (2012) 'Jennifer Howes, Illustrating India: The Early Colonial Investigations of Colin Mackenzie (1784-1821)(2010).' Bulletin of the School of Oriental and African Studies, 75 (1). pp. 179-181.

Branfoot, Crispin (2012) 'Jean Deloche, A Study in Nayaka-period Social Life: Tiruppudaimarudur Paintings and Carvings, EFEO 2011.' Journal of the American Oriental Society, 132 (3). pp. 512-514.

Branfoot, Crispin (2010) 'Anna Jackson and Amin Jaffer, eds. Maharaja: The Splendour of India's Royal Courts.' Arts of Asia, 40 (3). pp. 143-147.

Branfoot, Crispin (2009) 'Indian Islamic Architecture: Forms and Typologies, Sites and Monuments by John Burton-Page, edited by George Michell (2008).' Bulletin of the School of Oriental and African Studies, 72 (1). pp. 191-192.

Branfoot, Crispin (2009) 'Vijayanagara: Splendour in Ruins, edited by George Michell (2008).' Bulletin of the School of Oriental and African Studies, 72 (1). pp. 189-191.

Branfoot, Crispin (2008) 'Ebba Koch: The Complete Taj Mahal and the Riverfront Gardens of Agra.' Bulletin of the School of Oriental and African Studies, 71 (1). pp. 133-134.

Branfoot, Crispin (2008) 'Indian Temple Sculpture by John Guy (2007).' Arts of Asia, 38 (1). pp. 130-131.

Branfoot, Crispin (2006) 'Hindu Arms and Ritual: Arms and Armour from India 1400–1865. By Robert Elgood.' Journal of the Royal Asiatic Society, 16 (1). pp. 95-96.

Branfoot, Crispin (2003) 'Encyclopaedia of Indian Temple Architecture: South India, Drāviḍadeśa, Later Phase c. AD 1289-1798 edited by George Michell, (2001).' Bulletin of the School of Oriental and African Studies, 66 (1). pp. 105-107.

Branfoot, Crispin (2003) 'The Courts of Precolonial South India: Material Culture and Kingship by Jennifer Howes (2003).' Bulletin of the School of Oriental and African Studies, 66 (3). pp. 512-513.

Branfoot, Crispin (2001) 'The New Cambridge History of India: Architecture and Art of the Deccan Sultanates. By George Michell and Mark Zebrowski.' Journal of the Royal Asiatic Society, 11 (1). pp. 91-93.

Branfoot, Crispin (2001) 'Indian Architectural Theory: Contemporary Uses of Vastu Vidya by Vibhuti Chakrabarti (1998).' Journal of the Royal Asiatic Society, 11 (2). pp. 300-302.

Branfoot, Crispin (2000) 'The Religious Imagery of Khajuraho by Devangana Desai (1996).' South Asian Studies, 16 (1). pp. 151-152.

Branfoot, Crispin (2000) 'Religious Traditions at Vijayanagara as Revealed Through its Monuments by Anila Verghese (1995) & Sculpture at Vijayanagara: Iconography and Style by Anna L. Dallapiccola & Anila Verghese (1998).' South Asian Studies, 16 (1). pp. 152-153.

Branfoot, Crispin (1999) 'Indian Art Worlds in Contention: Local, Regional and National Discourses on Orissan Patta Paintings, by Helle Bundgaard (1999).' South Asia Research, 19 . pp. 198-200.

Branfoot, Crispin 'Hindu Art & Architecture by George Michell (2000).' Journal of the Royal Asiatic Society, 12 (1). pp. 111-112.

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