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Master Painters of India

Tuesday, January 03, 2012

Curator John Guy discusses “Wonder of the Age: Master Painters of India, 1100-1900,” on view at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. The exhibition includes some 220 works selected according to identifiable hands and named artists, dispelling the notion of anonymity in Indian art. The high points of artistic innovation in the history of Indian painting are demonstrated through works by 40 of the greatest Indian painters, some of whom are identified for the first time.

Photographer unknown, overpainted by Shivalal. Portrait of Jaswant Singh II of Jodhpur (1873–1896)

Jodhpur, Rajasthan
ca. 1875
Albumen print, hand colored10 1/4 x 8 15/16 in. (26 x 22.7 cm)
The City Palace Museum, Udaipur
From “Wonder of the Age: Master Painters of India, 1100–1900” at the Metropolitan Museum of Art

Wonder of the Age

Master Painters of India, 1100–1900

Purkhu (Attributed). Krishna flirting with the gopis, to Radha's sorrow: folio from a Gita Govinda series

Kangra, Himachal Pradesh
ca. 1760
Opaque watercolor and gold on paper
Painting: 9 7/16 x 12 5/8 in. (24 x 32 cm)
Page: 11 x 14 5/16 in. (28 x 36.3 cm)
Museum Rietberg Zürich, Bequest of Lucy Rudolph
From “Wonder of the Age: Master Painters of India, 1100–1900” at the Metropolitan Museum of Art

Nainsukh (Attributed). Raja Balwant Singh of Jasrota viewing a painting presented by the artist Nainsukh

Guler, Himachal Pradesh
ca. 1745 – 1750
Opaque watercolor and gold on paper
8 1/4 x 11 13/16 in. (21 x 30 cm)
Museum Rietberg Zürich, Gift of Balthasar and Nanni Reinhart
From “Wonder of the Age: Master Painters of India, 1100–1900” at the Metropolitan Museum of Art

Kota Master A (Attributed). Ram Singh I of Kota hunting rhinoceros

Kota, Rajasthan
ca. 1700
Opaque watercolor on paperPage: 12 5/8 x 18 3/4 in. (32.1 x 47.6 cm)
Private Collection
From “Wonder of the Age: Master Painters of India, 1100–1900” at the Metropolitan Museum of Art

Kota Master C (Attributed). Emperor Farrukhsiyar being paraded in a palanquin

Kota, Rajasthan
ca. 1713
Opaque watercolor on paper
Page: 14 3/16 x 9 3/16 in. (36 x 23.3 cm)
Gursharan S. and Elvira Sidhu
From “Wonder of the Age: Master Painters of India, 1100–1900” at the Metropolitan Museum of Art

Devidasa of Nurpur. Shiva and Parvati playing chaupar: folio from a Rasamanjari series

Basohli, Jammu
dated 1694–95
Opaque watercolor, ink, silver, and gold on paper
Painting: 6 1/2 x 10 7/8 in. (16.5 x 27.6 cm)
Page: 8 x 12 1/4 in. (20.3 x 31.1 cm)
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
Gift of Dr. J. C. Burnett, 1957
From “Wonder of the Age: Master Painters of India, 1100–1900” at the Metropolitan Museum of Art

Payag (Painter), Mir 'Ali (Calligrapher). Shah Jahan riding a stallion: page from the Kevorkian Album

Mughal court at Agra
ca. 1628
Opaque watercolor and gold on paper
Painting: 11 1/8 x 8 3/16 in. (28.2 x 20.8 cm)
Page: 15 5/16 x 10 1/8 in. (38.9 x 25.7 cm)
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
Purchase, Rogers Fund and The Kevorkian Foundation Gift, 1955
From “Wonder of the Age: Master Painters of India, 1100–1900” at the Metropolitan Museum of Art

Basawan, Shravana and Tara (Attributed). Asad ibn Kariba launches a night attack on the camp of Malik Iraj: folio from a Hamzanama series

Delhi-Fatephur Sikri
ca. 1570
Opaque watercolor, ink and gold on cotton cloth, mounted on paper
27 x 21 1/4 in. (68.6 x 54 cm)
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
Rogers Fund, 1918
From “Wonder of the Age: Master Painters of India, 1100–1900” at the Metropolitan Museum of Art

Mansur. Chameleon

Mughal court at Lahore or Allahabad
ca. 1595–1600
Opaque watercolor and ink on paper
Painting: 4 5/16 x 5 3/8 in. (11 x 13.7 cm)
The Royal Collection, Royal Library, Windsor Castle
From “Wonder of the Age: Master Painters of India, 1100–1900” at the Metropolitan Museum of Art

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