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Volume 68 Number 2, December 2016

A Magic World

New Visions of Indian Painting

Edited by:  Molly Emma Aitken

Price:   Rs 2800 (INR) / $70 (USD)
Binding:   Hardcover  
Specifications:   132 pages, 130 illustrations  
ISBN:   978-93-83243-15-0  
Dimensions:   305 x 241 mm

    In the 100 years since Ananda Coomaraswamy wrote his seminal Rajput Painting, the field of Indian painting studies has gone from a period of explosive discovery to a deepening of knowledge about individual artists and workshops. More recently, scholars have also begun to probe artists’ and patrons’ creative decisions and have entered into extensive conversation with South Asian cultural studies in general. They reconsider Coomaraswamy’s distinction between “Rajput” and Mughal painting and focus more on the connections between these two worlds, analyzing the complex meanings these paintings might have held for their artists, patrons and viewers.

    This celebratory volume probes the cultural preoccupations of 16th- to early 20th-century Rajput, Mughal and Deccan India,and provides delightful new insights into the magic world of Indian painting.

    Molly Emma Aitken is Associate Professor in the Art Department at the City College of New York and the Art History Department at the CUNY Graduate Center. She has published extensively on Mughal and Rajput painting.

    Molly Emma Aitken

    Giant Butterfly, Tiny Tree: Leaps of Scale in Deccani Painting
    Navina Najat Haidar

    Congress of Kings: Notes on a Painting of Muhammad Shah Rangeela Having Sex
    Kavita Singh

    Portraits of “A Noble Queen”: Chand Bibi in the Historical Imaginary
    Deborah Hutton

    A Tale of Two Mediums: Paint and Photography in Udaipur
    Deepali Dewan

    Jagvilasa: Picturing Worlds of Pleasure and Power in 18th-Century Udaipur Painting
    Dipti Khera

    Cosmic Sympathies and Painting at Akbar’s Court
    Yael Rice

    Holi in the Zenana: Genre, Style and Sociability
    Debra Diamond

    Artistic Agency in Painted Narratives: The Case of the Chandayan Manuscripts
    Qamar Adamjee