Thursday, September 29, 2011

“Wonder of the Age: Master Painters of India, 1100–1900” at MET


Some of the most intricate output of Indian painting talent is on display at Metropolitan Museum of Art (MET) . Titled “Wonder of the Age: Master Painters of India, 1100–1900” exhibition is showcasing collection sourced from royal collections, museums and academic institutions. ‘Wonder of the Age is the title bestowed by Emperor Jahangir, during whose reign Indian painting touched its zenith, on his favourite painter Ustaad Mansur.

Best thing about the exhibition is that it does not focus on a region or a patron ruler. Focus here is on painters who had remained anonymous due to various factors ranging from religious prohibition to the glory of the patron. Many of the painters have been identified by the hidden signatures and a majority by the style and other details. The exhibition will be there till 8th January next year. Many painters from Hindu and Mughal courts have found limelight for the first time, not because of any lack of caliber on their part. The collection, it is told, would have been richer if diplomatic hurdles were surmounted to import more works fron Iran and Russia.

Economist has given a very comprehensive review here.

MET can be accessed here.

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