Past Exhibition

Realms of Earth and Sky: Indian Painting from the 15th to the 19th Century

November 06–December 14, 2016

Small Special Exhibitions Gallery

Leaf from a Bhagavata Purana Series, The Slaying of the Conch Demon, Rajasthan, Bikaner, c. 1725–50, Opaque color and gold on paper, 9 1/4 x 12 1/2 in, 23.5 x 31.75 cm, Museum Purchase with Curriculum Support Funds, 1997.15, Collection of The Fralin Museum of Art at the University of Virginia

Forty-three South Asian miniature paintings representing a number of different artistic traditions and spanning five centuries travelled to the Museum from the Fralin Museum of Art at the University of Virginia. Portraiture, religious and literary texts, and Ragamala paintings, which depict a range of musical melodies known as ragas, were represented in the exhibition. These works illuminate the opulence of the Mughal court, the actions of gods in the form of men, lively battles, and courtly love.

 

Miniatures were usually small, but the term derived from minium Latin for “red lead, vermilion” that was used to mark important words in European manuscripts. With brilliant color and burnished, enamel-like surfaces, each scene was contained in the intimate size of a manuscript or album page. Artists used fine brushes and magnifying lenses to render such detail on a minute scale.

 

Realms of Earth and Sky was organized by Daniel J. Ehnbom, Associate Professor of South Asian Art, McIntire Department of Art, University of Virginia. A lavishly illustrated catalogue accompanied the exhibition Realms of Earth and Sky: Indian Painting from the 15th to the 19th Century.

Exhibition Gallery

The Cowherd Women of Vraja
Leaf from a Bhagavata Purana Series, The Cowherd Women of Vraja Observing the Vow of Katyayani, Delhi-Agra region, Chaurapanchasika group, c.1520–30, Opaque color on paper, 6 3/4 x 9 in, 17.15 x 22.86 cm, Museum Purchase with Curriculum Support Funds, 1994.11, Collection of The Fralin Museum of Art at the University of Virginia
Asavari Ragini
Asavari Ragini , Rajasthan, Jaipur, c. 1750, Opaque color and gold on paper, 13 7/16 x 10 1/4 in, 34.13 x 26.04 cm, Gift of Neville Mobarakai, 1998.19.8, Collection of The Fralin Museum of Art at the University of Virginia
Krishna as Ideal Hero and Lover
Leaf from a Rasikapriya of Keshav Das, Krishna as Ideal Hero and Lover, Attributed to Sahibdin, Mewar, c. 1630–35, Opaque color and gold on paper, 10 5/8 x 8 1/4 in, 26.25 x 20.50 cm, Museum Purchase with Curriculum Support Funds, 2003.1, Collection of The Fralin Museum of Art at the University of Virginia
Portrait of Mahabat Khan
Portrait of Mahabat Khan, Mughal, Shah Jahan Period, c. 1630, Opaque color, ink, and gold on paper, 9 5/8 x 6 5/8 in, 24.45 x 16.83 cm, Gift of Catherine and Ralph Benkaim, 2004.8, Collection of The Fralin Museum of Art at the University of Virginia
The Brahman Messenger Delivers Rukmini’s Message to Krishna
The Brahman Messenger Delivers Rukmini’s Message to Krishna, Pahari, Kangra, c. 1800 Opaque color and gold on paper, 9 7/8 x 13 3/8 in, 25.08 x 33.97 cm, Gift of Dr. Philip Forman and Dr. Alison Forman, 2006.17.3, Collection of The Fralin Museum of Art at the University of Virginia
A Ruler Worshiping Rama, Sita, Lakshmana, and Hanuman
A Ruler Worshiping Rama, Sita, Lakshmana, and Hanuman, Bundi, c. 1800–25, Opaque color and gold on paper, 11 11/16 x 9 in, 26.69 x 22.86 cm, Gift of Sanjay Guha, 2010.11, Collection of The Fralin Museum of Art at the University of Virginia

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