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Pahari Paintings in the Jagdish and Kamla Mittal Museum of Indian Art

Price : $179.75
ISBN # : 9788190487238
Author : John Seyller & Jagdish Mittal
pages: 354
Edition : Hardcover
Volumes : 1
Publisher : Jagdish and Kamla Mittal Museum of Indian Art
Published : 2014

This beautifully written and profusely illustrated catalogue of Pahari paintings in the Jagdish and Kamla Mittal Museum of Indian Art in Hyderabad is a major contribution to the study of miniature painting in the Punjab Hills. It presents in detail many exquisite but hitherto unknown examples of the key centres of painting from the mid 17th to the mid 19th century, and provides sensitive analyses of a number of works of crucial art historical importance. Incorporating the latest research into their discussions of the themes and formal aspects of the 128 works reproduced here, the authors pay special attention to the movement of artists from one state to another within the Pahari region, and formulate ground-breaking accounts of the early phases of painting at courts such as Chamba, Mandi, and Kullu. Particularly noteworthy are their strikingly original insights into the family workshop of Pandit Seu and his highly talented sons, Manaku and Nainsukh, whose paintings and legacy into the next two generations are exceptionally well represented in the collection. They devote unprecedented attention to artists' individual styles, techniques, and creative processes, and frequently arrive at fresh and convincing distinctions among the paintings produced by various members of a given family workshop. The superb quality of the illustrations, the selection of choice details, and the inclusion of revealing comparative material make this book essential to anyone who studies or enjoys Pahari painting.

Author Bio: John Seyller, Professor of Art History at the University of Vermont, U.S.A., is an internationally acclaimed authority on Indian painting. He specializes in the book arts produced under the Mughals and has written extensively on the imperial painting workshop as well as on individual manuscripts and their painters. His publications include Workshop and Patron in Mughal India: The Freer Ramayana and Other Illustrated Manuscripts of 'Abd al-Rahim (1999); Pearls of the Parrot of India: The Walters Art Museum Khamsa of Amir Khusraw of Delhi (2001); The Adventures of Hamza: Painting and Storytelling in Mughal India (2002); and Eva and Konrad Seitz Collection of Indian Miniatures: Mughal and Deccani Paintings (2010). He is lead author of Secret Gardens. Indian Paintings from the Porret Collection (2014). In 2013, he co-authored with Jagdish Mittal Pahari Drawings in the Jagdish and Kamla Mittal Museum of Indian Art as well as Mughal Paintings, Drawings, and Islamic Calligraphy in the Jagdish and Kamla Mittal Museum of Indian Art. He is currently collaborating with him on a forthcoming Museum catalogue of Deccani paintings and drawings.

Jagdish Mittal is an artist turned collector and art historian. He is the Principal Trustee of the Jagdish and Kamla Mittal Museum of Indian Art in Hyderabad, to which he and his wife, Kamla, gifted their unique art collection in 1976. He was awarded the Padma Shri by the Government of India in 1990, and Gagan Abani Puraskar in 2013. Along with a number of research articles published in prestigious journals, he has written Andhra Paintings of the Ramayana (1969); Sublime Delight Through Works of Art from Jagdish and Kamla Mittal Museum of Indian Art (2007); Bidriware and Damascene Work in Jagdish & Kamla Mittal Museum of Indian Art (2011); and Deccani Scroll Paintings (2014).

This book was added to South Asia bookstore on Friday 17 July, 2015.

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