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Wonder of the Age: Master Painter of India: 1100-1900

 
John Guy (Author) Jorrit Britschgi (Author)
Synopsis

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 110 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 40 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 -- 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 and a glossary of their major literary sources provide valuable context.

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About the author

John Guy

John Guy is Senior Curator of South and South-East Art in the Asian Department of the Victoria and Albert Museum, London.  He has organized a number of exhibitions, most recently Indian Art and Devotion (Barcelona and Madrid, 2007), and contributed to many catalogues, including Encounters: the meeting of Asia and Europe 1500-1800 (V & A, 2004), La Sculpture du Champa (Musee Guimet, Paris, 2005) and Chola Bronzes (Royal Academy, London, 2006).  Major publications include Oriental Trade Ceramies in South East Asia (1986), Ceramic Traditions of South East Asia (1989), Arts of India: 1550-1900 (1990, co-ed.), Indian Art and Connoisseurship (1995, ed.), Vietnamese Ceramies: A Separate Tradition (1998), and Woven Cargoes.  Indian Textiles in the East (1998).  He is currently preparing a catalogue to the Indian sculpture collections in the V & A.

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Bibliographic information

Title Wonder of the Age: Master Painter of India: 1100-1900
Format Hardcover
Date published: 09.11.2011
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 978818995607
length 224p., 165 Col. Illustrations; 3 Maps; Notes; Bibliography; Index; 24cm.