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Title Portraiture in South Asia since the Mughals : art, representation and history / edited by Crispin Branfoot
Published London ; New York : I.B. Tauris & Co. Ltd., 2018
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Description 1 online resource (270 pages, 32 unnumbered pages of plates) : illustrations (some color)
Series Library of South Asian history and culture ; 8
Library of South Asian history and culture ; v. 8
Contents Cover; Author Biography; Title Page; Copyright; Contents; List of Illustrations; Acknowledgements; Note on Transliteration and Conventions; List of Contributors; Introduction Portraiture in South Asia; What is a Portrait in South Asia?; Court Portraiture in Mughal India; Portraying the Ideal Rajput; What were Portraits for?; Colonial Modernity and Court Portraiture in South Asia; 1. Portrait or Image? Some Literary and Terminological Perspectives on Portraiture in Early India; The Prevalence of Portraiture in Early India; Literary Testimonies and Vocabulary
9. The Role of Portraiture in Pakistani Contemporary Miniature Painting: The 'Mughal Connection'Chance; Artists; Bibliography; Index
Archduke Matthias as Publius Scipio MaiorThe Standing Portrait before a Landscape under Shah Jahan; Jahangir and Archduke Matthias in Political Crisis; Commensurability or Incommensurability?; 4. Portraits in the Mirror: Living Images in NāṢir 'Alī Sirhindī and Mīrzā 'Abd al-Qādir Bīdil; Nāṣir 'Alī Sirhindī's Naqqāsh u ṣūrat; The Story of Bīdil's Portrait; Conclusion; 5. Becoming the Hero: Metamorphosis of the Raja; 6. The Prevalence of Portraiture in the Development of the Devgarh Style; 7. Heroic Rulers and Devoted Servants: Performing Kingship in the Tamil Temple
Narratives of the Origins of Portraits and Images2. Tracing the Rise of Mughal Portraiture: The Kabul Corpus, c. 1545-55; Introducing the Kabul Corpus (c. 1545-55); Individual Portraits; Portraits within Larger Compositions; The Paintings' Raison d'etre: Presentation Pieces for the Nawroz Festival?; Approved Likenesses and Master Drawings; The Timurid-Safavid Legacy; Conclusion; 3. Jahangir as Publius Scipio Maior: The Commensurability of Mughal Political Portraiture; The European Connection; The Standing Portrait; Jahangir as the Queller of Rebellion
Performing Devotion on Venkatam HillDynastic Genealogies on Display in Nayaka Madurai; Portraiture and Pilgrimage to Rameshvaram; New Royalty and Temple Portraiture in Colonial Madras Presidency; Conclusion; 8. Village Portraits in William Fraser's Portfolio of Native Drawings; The Road to Delhi; A Gentlemen Settler for Delhi; Shaping Boundaries, Mapping Figures; Delineating the Immeasurable: Rania and Pastoral Portraiture; Capturing a Likeness; Empiricism of the Heart; The Delhi Artist between Court and Company
Summary Deriving from Persian artistic techniques, Mughal portraiture reached its apogee during the reigns of the great Mughal emperor-patrons Akbar, Shah Jahan and Jahangir. Much of the art produced in this period was commissioned for political reasons, and art was one method of ensuring power, increasing prestige and sending messages to the kingdom and rival dynasties. Western portraiture has become an incredibly important source of historical study because of what it can tell us about the tastes, rules, dress, politics and identity of periods and rulers. One of the reasons this hasn't quite happened for Mughal painting is that we often think of these paintings as authorless, but of course the great Mughal artists were in demand, and were able to bring unique skills to their work--the Emperor Jahangir claimed to be able to instantly recognize an artist's work by sight. This collection seeks to enrich our understanding of Mughal culture through its portraiture, examining the artistic conventions and cultural norms from the Persianate early works through to the Europeanization of South Asian traditions in the 19th century and the continuation of the tradition today. A specially commissioned collection of studies from an exceptionally strong list of established scholars and rising stars on both sides of the Atlantic; this marks a major breakthrough in South Asian history
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 249-265) and index
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Subject Islamic art -- South Asia
Painting, Mogul Empire -- History
Painting, Mogul Empire -- Influence
ART -- History -- General.
Islamic art.
Painting, Mogul Empire.
South Asia.
Genre/Form Electronic books.
Form Electronic book
Author Branfoot, Crispin, editor.
ISBN 1786724359