ISBN 9788189995164,Rajput Painting : Romantic Divine And Courtly Art

Rajput Painting : Romantic Divine And Courtly Art



Publication Year 2008

ISBN 9788189995164

ISBN-10 8189995162

Hard Back

Number of Pages 176 Pages
Language (English)

The Arts

To enter the world of Rajput Painting is to enter a dream world of fantasy and colour, of heroes and heroines gorgeously attired in brilliant hues, of epic poems and love songs, of courtly majesty and India's romantic past. This beautiful survey conveys the spirit of the great Hindu classical tradition that existed in all the arts, including painting and literature, from the sixteenth to the nineteenth centuries. In this richly illustrated book, Roda Ahluwalia sets Rajput Painting in its historical and art-historical background, looking at local styles in the principalities of Rajasthan, Central India and the Punjab. She explores the themes -- mainly taken from folk tales and epic literature, erotic and religious poems, myths, legends and music - as well as the influence of Mughal painting and the importance of the cult of Krishna. The illustrations, taken mainly from the superb collections of the British Museum and the British Library, include many previously unpublished images, allowing a rare insight into this world of colour and romance. About the Author Roda Ahluwalia has worked on the Rajput painting collection at the British Museum and the Rajput manuscript collection at the British Library. She has also lectured on the book arts of India at both institutions. Table of Contents : - Foreword and Acknowledgements History and Religion Romance, Divinity and Courtly Portraiture Early Rajput Painting Rajasthan: Mewar Bundi and Kotah Amber and Jaipur Marwar Bikaner Kishangarh Central India: Malwa Bundelkhand Pahari Painting: Early Pahari painting Later Pahari painting The Nineteenth Century Notes Bibliography Illustration References Index.