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Current Location:
Zumberge Administration (JHZ) -> 1st Floor (JHZ)
Location Notes:
JHZ; 1st Floor; Suite 1090; Above cabinets across from cubicles

Maharana Jawan Singh at a Holy Recitation in the Garden Mansion (1835)

Giclée (Original is in the Permanent Collection)
circa 2008
Artworks -
The top of the image has a large mosque building with a colorful floral background. The bottom has a silver square bordered by trees. It is surrounded by a huge mass of small people. A red-orange border frames the entire image.
Historical Context:
Mewar Painting continued to flourish under King Maharana Jawan Singh. Common themes were Western style portraits of notable figures and traditional Rajput style scenes of hunting and courtly occasions. This painting depicts the Badi Mahal (from the City Palace of Udaipur, in the present state of Rajasthan, India) opened up like a cardboard cut-out. The pillars and the side walls of the upper pavilion are slanted outwards in incongruous perspective. There are trees and Maharana's party is painted in profile at eye-level. The portrayal of the attendants standing in the lower colonnades defies law of perspective.

Wikipedia Summary:

Indian Art consists of a variety of art forms, including plastic arts (e.g., pottery and sculpture), visual arts (e.g., cave paintings), and textile arts (e.g., woven silk). Geographically, it spans the entire Indian subcontinent, including what is now India, Pakistan and Bangladesh. A strong sense of design is characteristic of Indian art and can be observed in its modern and traditional forms.

The origin of Indian art can be traced to pre-historic Hominid settlements in the 3rd millennium BC. On its way to modern times, Indian art has had cultural influences (e.g., Indus Valley and Hellenistic), as well as religious influences such as Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism and Islam. In spite of this complex mixture of religious traditions, generally the prevailing artistic style at any time and place has been shared by the major religious groups.

In historic art, sculpture in stone and metal, mainly religious, has survived the Indian climate better than other media, and provides most of the best remains. Many of the most important ancient finds that are not in carved stone come from surrounding, drier regions rather than India itself. Indian funeral and philosophic traditions exclude grave goods, which are a main source of ancient art in other cultures.
Getty Art and Architecture Thesaurus Terms:
India ink
folk art
folk artists