This vividly illustrated publication features 110 works by many of the most eminent painters in the history of Indian art. These remarkable paintings, dating from 1100 to 1900, were selected according to identifiable artists, and they refute the long-held view of anonymous authorship in Indian art.Read more...
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This vividly illustrated publication features 110 works by many of the most eminent painters in the history of Indian art. These remarkable paintings, dating from 1100 to 1900, were selected according to identifiable artists, and they refute the long-held view of anonymous authorship in Indian art.
Traditionally, Indian paintings have been classified by regional styles or dynastic periods, with an emphasis on subject matter. Stressing the combined tools of connoisseurship and inscriptional evidence, the pioneering research reflected in this book has identified individual artists and their oeuvres through the analysis of style.
The introductory essay outlines the origins of early Indian painting of the first millennium, which set the scene for the development of the art of the book. The sections that follow examine manuscript painting as it evolved from palm-leaf to paper, the emergence of traditional painting as an independent art form, and its demise with the coming of photography. Biographies of the artists whose works appear in this volume and a glossary of their major literary sources provide valuable context.
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2012-01-16
- Reviewer: Staff
Intended as a supplement to the exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, this volume splendidly explores 800 years of Indian painting, beginning with its origins as a form of interior decorating for "palaces and places of worship" and illustration of "both secular and sacred" texts, and bringing readers up to the brackish waters of the late 1800s, when innovative painter/photographers would hand-color black and white portraits. This ambitious tome explores various schools of thought and technique, in addition to examining how historical, religious, and geographical changes affected Indian painting. Debunking the assumption that much of Indian art was created anonymously, Metropolitan Museum of Art curator Guy (Indian Textiles in the East) and Museum Rietberg Zürich curator Britschgi acquaint readers with the individuals responsible for the art, presenting a brief biography of each, as well as several of their works. From the richness of the lapis lazuli (an innovation courtesy of Iran) of the Kalpasutra manuscript to the dynamic detail of Shivalal's epic "Maharana Fateh Singh shooting a leopard at Kamlod ka Magra," the beautifully reproduced images will make this book appeal to Indian art aficionados as well as those looking for a digestible introduction to an oeuvre of lesser-known masters. Illus. and maps. (Oct.)