Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Garden and Cosmos

Garden and Cosmos: The Royal Paintings of Jodhpur

Garden and Cosmos: The Royal Paintings of Jodhpur is a rare opportunity to view a unique type of Indian royal court painting ranging in date from the 17th-19th centuries.

The exhibition features a loan from India and consists of 54 paintings from the royal collection at the Mehrangarh Museum Trust in Jodhpur, which was set up by the current maharaja, Gaj Singh II, in 1972. Remarkably, none of these paintings has ever previously been seen in Europe.

Garden and Cosmos will explore the two distinct styles of painting which flourished over the period represented in the exhibition – on the one hand the ornate style depicting the temporal pleasures of courtly life and the verdant forests where scenes from the epics took place (‘Garden’) and, on the other, the metaphysical paintings concerned with philosophical speculation and the origin of the universe (‘Cosmos’).

The British Museum Room 35, 28 May – 11 Oct 2009, (recently extended due to demand) Admission charge

Above: Death of Vali; Rama and Lakshmana Wait Out the Monsoon. From the Ramcharitmanas of Tulsidas (1532-1623). Jodhpur, c. 1775. Copyright Mehrangarh Museum Trust

Above: Maharaja Bakhat Singh at the Jharokha Window of the Bakhat Singh Mahal. Attributed here to “Artist 2”. Nagaur, 1737. Copyright Mehrangarh Museum Trust


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