Author: Pratapaditya PalStephen Makkel/Janice LeoshkoPublisher: MapinYear: Language: EnglishPages: 160ISBN/UPC (if available): 8185822158
This art book with 67 color and 5 black and white illustrations documents an exhibition at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art .Indian paintings often depict a complete world, a world constructed rather than depicted realistically and sometimes a completely imaginary one. Divided thematically into religious, romantic, musical and courtly subjects, the painting in this book provide glimpses into some of the many worlds painted by Rajput and Mughal artists in the sixteenth to nineteenth centuries. Many delighted in verdant nature, in a court-yard garden, or in a lush forest after the monsoon. Te sixty-one paintings in this volume reveal various scenes as they appeared before the mind's eye of the artist: a shy Radha approaching Krishna; a lover tearing through the woods to a tryst in the night; a ragini dancing in the forest amid musical accompanists; a prince on a tiger hunt.This volume documents an exhibition at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art chosen from the collection of Jane Greenough Green to demonstrate some of the richness and stylistic variety of the Indian pictorial tradition. The book begins with a brief over-view of Indian painting, followed by the four thematic groupings. Sectional introductions discuss the nature of religious paintings, pictures of human and divine lovers, musical modes given visible form, and the painted worlds of courtiers and kings. Individual entries describe the subject and style and discuss the dates and locations of h painting's production. Rather than merely presenting a chronology of styles or schools, the book's thematic organization assists in understanding subjects unique in Indian art as well as how subjects found in many painting traditions, such as pictures of animals, were expressed in various Indian schools.
FOREWORDMichael E ShapiroPREFACE AND ACKNOWLEDGMENTSPratapaditya PalINTRODUCTIONPratapaditya PalTHE DIVINE WORLDPratapaditya PalIntroductionCatalogueTHEMES OF ROMANCEStephen MarkelIntroductionCatalogueMUSICAL MODES Stephen MarkelCOURTLY THEMESJanice LeoshkoIntroductionCatalogueAPPENDIXBIBLIOGRAPHY