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Indian court painting, 16th-19th century

Author: Steven Kossak; Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York, N.Y.)
Publisher: New York : Metropolitan Museum of Art : Distributed by Harry N. Abrams, ©1997.
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Paintings of extraordinary beauty and variety were made for the many royal courts of India during a golden age that unfolded in the sixteenth century and lasted well into the British period. In India, two artistic traditions converged. The indigenous Rajput culture produced exuberant, vibrantly colored, boldly patterned illustrations of Hindu myths and epics. The entirely different art of the Islamic Mughal
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Genre/Form: Exhibition catalogs
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Kossak, Steven.
Indian court painting, 16th-19th century.
New York : Metropolitan Museum of Art : Distributed by Harry N. Abrams, c1997
(OCoLC)605039161
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Steven Kossak; Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York, N.Y.)
ISBN: 0870997823 9780870997822 0870997831 9780870997839 0810965089 9780810965089 0300086210 9780300086218
OCLC Number: 36126711
Notes: Published in conjunction with the exhibition of the same name held at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, from March 25 to July 6, 1997.
Description: ix, 142 p. : col. ill., map ; 29 cm.
Other Titles: Indian court painting, sixteenth-nineteenth century
Responsibility: Steven Kossak.

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Paintings of extraordinary beauty and variety were made for the many royal courts of India during a golden age that unfolded in the sixteenth century and lasted well into the British period. In India, two artistic traditions converged. The indigenous Rajput culture produced exuberant, vibrantly colored, boldly patterned illustrations of Hindu myths and epics. The entirely different art of the Islamic Mughal invaders, subtle and naturalistic, mainly presented elegant scenes of court life and history. From the cross-fertilization of these two traditions, a multiplicity of highly original painting styles blossomed and flourished.

While works of art originating in Mughal and Rajput courts are often treated separately, in this book paintings made in the major Mughal, Deccani, Rajput, and Pahari workshops are presented together, chronologically. Eighty-three exceptionally fine paintings are reproduced in full color. Each is accompanied by a paragraph explaining the subject illustrated and pointing out particular qualities of style. The rich, remarkable court paintings of India are splendidly offered to the reader's eye and mind in this book, which also includes a map, enlarged detail photographs, and a selected bibliography.

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