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

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  • Publisher: The Metropolitan Museum of Art
  • Pages: 224
  • Illustrations: 155 in full color
  • Binding: Clothbound, with jacket
  • Dimensions: 9 1/4'' x 10 1/2''
  • Format: Hardcover
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  • ISBN: 9780300175820



By John Guy and Jorrit Britschgi

Traditionally, Indian paintings have been classified according to regional styles or dynastic periods, with an emphasis on subject matter and narrative content. This fascinating publication counters the long-held view of the anonymity of Indian art, emphasizing the combined tools of connoisseurship and inscription evidence to reveal the identities of individual artists and their oeuvres through an analysis of style. Enchanting color illustrations highlight over one hundred works spanning eight centuries.

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 eminent artists chosen are among the greatest in the history of Indian painting. Each could lay claim to the honorific bestowed by emperors on their favorite painters: Nadirai- i-zaman, "the wonder of the age."

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

In the catalog introduction the curators cite more than 30 art historians from Europe, the United States and India on whose scholarship their own work builds.
The New York Times

A work of consummate scholarship, this book is perfect for readers with a serious interest in the history, art, and artists of India and Southeast Asia.
Library Journal

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

" for anyone interested in visual pleasure it is a treat "
The Burlington Magazine

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