Wonder of the Age Mapin Publishing

Wonder of the Age

Master Painters of India 1100–1900
John Guy, Jorrit Britschgi

This vividly illustrated publication features 110 works by many of the most eminent painters in the history of Indian art.

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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 connois-seurship 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 paint-ing 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.

John Guy is Florence and Herbert Irving Curator of the Arts of South and Southeast Asia, Department of Asian Art, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.

Jorrit Britschgi is Curator of Indian Painting, Museum Rietberg, Zurich.




Lenders to the exhibition


From palm-leaf to paper: Manuscript Painting 1100–1500

Early hindu-sultanate Painting: 1500–1575

The golden age of Mughal Painting: 1575–1650

Late Mughal Painting and the renaissance of the hindu courts: 1650–1730

Mughal afterglow and the later court styles in the Pahari region and rajasthan: 1730–1825

Late indian court Painting, “company Painting,” 186and the coming of photography: 1825–1900
ISBN 9788189995607
Pages 224
Number of illustrations 165 (155 full colour)
Size 9.25 x 10.25" (235 x 261 mm), hc
Date of Publishing 2011
Language(s) English
Co-publisher(s) Mapin in association with The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York Distributed by Yale University Press, New Haven and London
Rights Available World rights