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Wonder of the Age : Master Painters of India, 1100-1900

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'This volume splendidly explores 800 years of Indian painting… ambitious… 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' - Publishers Weekly

This richly illustrated exhibition catalogue 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 introduction outlines the origins of early Indian painting in the first millennium, which set the scene for the development of the art of the book. The chapters that follow examine manuscript painting as it developed from palm leaf to paper; the Sultanate and North Indian Hindu tradition; the Mughal school under the patronage of emperors Akbar, Jahangir, and Shah Jahan; the renaissance of the Hindu courts from 1650 to 1730; the later styles of the Punjab Hill and Rajasthani courts; Company School painting; and the coming of photography. Each chapter features a summary of the period and biographical essays of specific artists followed by a selection of their works. The artists chosen are among the greatest in the history of Indian painting.

  • Authors: Jorrit Britschgi and John Guy
  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Date published: September 2011
  • Language: English
  • Delivery: Allow 1-2 weeks
  • ISBN: 978-0300175820
  • Product Dimensions: 26.7 x 23.5 cm