VIRTUAL COLLECTION OF ASIAN MASTERPIECES

Add to Favorites

Add to Favorites
Your web browser does not support
Add to Favorites.

Please add the site using your bookmark menu.
The function is available only on Internet Explorer
search a masterpiece

11Story

22 January 2010
Portrait of Mewar

 

 

Portrait of Mewar ruler Maharana Karan Singh I (1620-1678). Unknown artist, Rajput / Mewar style.
Udaipur, circa 1680
Photograph. Original painting on cotton cloth, backed with wood. 196 x 142 cm
© Trustees of the British Museum
1991, 0131.0.1

 

 

The Rajput portrait style of full figure largely in profile, in realistic detail and with the use of perspective, followed that of the Mughal court. This contrasts with the confrontal (or forward-facing) style favoured in popular Hinduism for accessing the divine in darshan, the mutual exchange of gazes with a religious image.

 

But the profile format was not so much a religious matter (otherwise local elites would hardly have embraced non-Hindu European confrontalism so enthusiastically later) as an ultimately political separation, through a refusal of formalised empathy, between depicted rulers and their largely undepicted followers. This was achieved by maintaining strict profile in head and face while the body turned slightly for a three-quarter view. By the time this image was painted, local artists had probably been familiar with the art of perspective for the up to a century since the idea and technique is thought to have been introduced to the Mughal court in 1580 by Jesuits invited by the Emperor Akbar.

 
 
 

Back

Next

 

BACK TO LIST

E-mail to a Friend now!

E-mail to a Friend now!

Thank you

Mail has been sent successfully. OK
팝업창 닫기