A Magic World
Molly Emma Aitken
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.
IntroductionMolly 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 SexKavita Singh
Portraits of “A Noble Queen”: Chand Bibi in the Historical ImaginaryDeborah Hutton
A Tale of Two Mediums: Paint and Photography in UdaipurDeepali Dewan
Jagvilasa: Picturing Worlds of Pleasure and Power in 18th-Century Udaipur PaintingDipti Khera
Cosmic Sympathies and Painting at Akbar’s CourtYael Rice
Holi in the Zenana: Genre, Style and SociabilityDebra Diamond
Artistic Agency in Painted Narratives: The Case of the Chandayan ManuscriptsQamar Adamjee