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

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This vividly illustrated publication features 110 works by many of the most eminent painters in the history of Indian art. These remarkable paintings, dating from 1100 to 1900, were selected according to identifiable artists, and they refute the long-held view of anonymous authorship in Indian art.

Traditionally, Indian paintings have been classified by regional styles or dynastic periods, with an emphasis on subject matter. Stressing the combined tools of connoisseurship and ...

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Overview

This vividly illustrated publication features 110 works by many of the most eminent painters in the history of Indian art. These remarkable paintings, dating from 1100 to 1900, were selected according to identifiable artists, and they refute the long-held view of anonymous authorship in Indian art.

Traditionally, Indian paintings have been classified by regional styles or dynastic periods, with an emphasis on subject matter. Stressing the combined tools of connoisseurship and inscriptional evidence, the pioneering research reflected in this book has identified individual artists and their oeuvres through the analysis of style.

The introductory essay outlines the origins of early Indian painting of the first millennium, which set the scene for the development of the art of the book. The sections that follow examine manuscript painting as it evolved from palm-leaf to paper, the emergence of traditional painting as an independent art form, and its demise with the coming of photography. Biographies of the artists whose works appear in this volume and a glossary of their major literary sources provide valuable context.

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Editorial Reviews

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Intended as a supplement to the exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, this volume splendidly explores 800 years of Indian painting, beginning with its origins as a form of interior decorating for "palaces and places of worship" and illustration of "both secular and sacred" texts, and bringing readers up to the brackish waters of the late 1800s, when innovative painter/photographers would hand-color black and white portraits. This ambitious tome explores various schools of thought and technique, in addition to examining how historical, religious, and geographical changes affected Indian painting. Debunking the assumption that much of Indian art was created anonymously, Metropolitan Museum of Art curator Guy (Indian Textiles in the East) and Museum Rietberg Zürich curator Britschgi acquaint readers with the individuals responsible for the art, presenting a brief biography of each, as well as several of their works. From the richness of the lapis lazuli (an innovation courtesy of Iran) of the Kalpasutra manuscript to the dynamic detail of Shivalal's epic "Maharana Fateh Singh shooting a leopard at Kamlod ka Magra," 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. Illus. and maps. (Oct.)"I LOVE LUCY": A Celebration of All Things Lucy: Inside the World of Television's First Great SitcomElisabeth EdwardsRunning, $30 (255p) ISBN 978-0-7624-3976-8I Love Lucy has been watched and loved by millions of viewers all over the world. Aside from its staggering popularity, this remarkable television show was also a pioneer in several ways-the sitcom was the first to be shot with multiple cameras on a soundstage in front of a live audience, and it was the first to address the topic of pregnancy on television (though they were banned from saying the word "pregnant"). This comprehensive retrospective is rife with commentary on how various story lines and plot devices related to the historical context of the show. Published to coincide with the 60th anniversary of the first episode and what would be Lucy's 100th birthday, this exhaustive collection of trivia and interviews is an invaluable resource for Lucy lovers. Edwards (I Love Lucy 50th Anniversary Edition) provides episode guides, a complete list of songs sung by Desi Arnaz (including lyrics), and even a list of memorable costumes. Casual Lucy fans will likely find themselves exasperated with the myriad lengthy lists, but this is a perfect gift-rich with photos and overflowing with information-for Lucy devotees. Photos.
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“This volume splendidly explores 800 years of Indian painting.”—Publishers Weekly
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780300175820
  • Publisher: Metropolitan Museum of Art
  • Publication date: 10/31/2011
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 9.60 (w) x 10.70 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author


John Guy is Florence and Herbert Irving Curator of the Arts of South and Southeast Asian Art, Department of Asian Art, The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Jorrit Britschgi is Curator of Indian Painting, Museum Rietberg Zürich.
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