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In modern times, the absorption of European influence is a more natural, freer process that affects artistic development in a vital and profound way.
Indian art is spread over a subcontinent and has a long, very productive history; but it nevertheless shows a remarkable unity and consistency.
In the north, the great dynasties were the Gurjara-Pratīhāras, whose empire at its greatest equalled that of the Guptas; the Pālas, who ruled chiefly over northeastern India; and various other dynasties, such as the Kalacuris, the Candelas, and the Paramāras of north central India, the Cāhamānas of Rājasthān, the Cālukyas of Gujarāt.
The Maurya Empire spread over almost all of what is modern India and Pakistan.
The ascendency of the European powers in the 18th century, culminating in the establishment of the British Empire, laid the foundation of modern India’s contacts with the West.
As a whole, the European advent was marked by a relative insensitivity to native art traditions, but rising nationalism attempted a conscious revival of Indian art toward the end of the 19th century.
Developments in one area have been quickly reflected in the others.
The regional idioms have contributed to the richness of Indian art, and the mutual influences exercised by them have been responsible for the multi-faceted development of that art throughout the course of its long life.
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The disintegration of these two empires toward the close of the 5th and the 6th centuries ushered in what has been called the medieval period ( 8th–12th centuries), marked by the appearance of a large number of states and dynasties, often at war with each other.