Nur Jahan – the Light of the WorldApril 4, 2020
Mehr-un-Nissa was an influential woman of the Mughal era, well-known for her great beauty, unmatched intelligence, and volatile temper. As a woman in the 1600s, the tale of her rise to power and prominence is unique and noteworthy. After...
Nihal Chand and the Kishangarh SchoolMarch 29, 2020
Nihal Chand was an esteemed member of the royal atelier of Kishangarh in the 18th century, under the employ of Crown Prince Sawant Singh. While many royal courts from the princely states of Northwestern India were important artistic...
Vasily Vereshchagin – Journey through IndiaFebruary 25, 2020
Vasily Vereshchagin was a notable Russian solider, artist and writer in the 19th century. He was an outspoken critic of war who reformed the genre of war paintings by dispensing with traditional conventions that glorified war. As a...
Six Exquisite Mother-of-Pearl Artifacts from GujaratJanuary 27, 2020
Mother-of-Pearl an iridescent layer carved out of snail shells, usually the Turbo Marmoratus. It is a luminous material that naturally reflects pink and green hues. In the 16th and 17th centuries it was used to embellish highly sought-after...
In Good Company at Bonhams – An Exhibition of Fine Indian Paintings in LondonJanuary 10, 2020
The global auction house, Bonhams and Arts of Hindostan will be staging a special exhibit of Fine Indian Paintings of the Company School from private collections that have never been publicly displayed before! This is a ‘viewing-only’ exhibit that is...
Romeo and Juliet of the East: Laila and MajnunDecember 18, 2019
Laila and Qays are the Romeo and Juliet of the East. The tragic tale of these ill-fated lovers has been widely featured in Asian and Middle Eastern folklore. The story of their unconsummated love has been told many...
Ardhanarishvara – Androgynous Portrayal of Shiva and ParvatiDecember 5, 2019
The composite form of Shiva and his consort, Shakti (another name for Parvati) is known as the Ardhanarishvara or the ‘God who is half-woman’. While the mythos of the Ardhanarishvara appeared in early Puranic scriptures, the concept and...
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