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Portraits of Devotion: Popular Manorath Paintings from Nathdwara in the Collection of Anil Relia

 
Isabella Nardi (Author)
Synopsis

Art collector Anil Relia had always admired the miniature paintings of the Nathdwara school, which grew out of the religious devotion of the Pushti Marg (Path of Grace). On one of his trips to this pilgrimage town, he encountered manorath paintings, whose unusual visual elements attracted his attention immediately. Originally part of the Pushti Marg popular culture, manorath paintings were often commissioned by devout followers as an indelible record of a pilgrimage trip to Nathdwara. Manorath (“mind’s vehicle”) paintings are a visual representation of the pilgrim’s wish to enter into mutual communication with a divine Pushti Marg icon. The popular manoraths in this collection, which employ mixed media and photo-realism techniques, illustrate worshippers in the presence of Shrinathji. These images had a deep emotional resonance for worshippers because they embodied both the corporeal pilgrimage to Nathdwara as also the inner devotional experience.

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About the author

Isabella Nardi

Isabella Nardi is A.W. Mellon Art History Fellow at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. She was previously Coordinator and Lecturer of Indian Aesthetics at Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. Her research interests Aesthetics at Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. Her research interests focus upon the relationship between text and practice in the Indian pictorial and sculptural traditions.

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Bibliographic information

Title Portraits of Devotion: Popular Manorath Paintings from Nathdwara in the Collection of Anil Relia
Format Softcover
Date published: 15.04.2019
Edition 1st. ed.
Language: English
isbn 9789385360671
length 92p., 57 Colour Illust; 2 Colour Photographs.