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Purkhu (attributed  to), <em>Krishna Flirting with the Gopis</em>,  to Radha's sorrow, ca. 1760, in "Wonder of the Age: Master Painters of  India, 1100-1900" at the Metropolitan Museum of Art
Purkhu (attributed to), Krishna Flirting with the Gopis, to Radha's sorrow, ca. 1760, in "Wonder of the Age: Master Painters of India, 1100-1900" at the Metropolitan Museum of Art

MASTER PAINTERS OF INDIA AT THE MET MUSEUM

Sept. 26, 2011

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Are you ready to have your artistic canon expanded? Then step right up to "Wonder of the Age: Master Painters of India, 1100-1900," Sept. 28, 2011-Jan. 8, 2012, in the spacious Cantor Exhibition Hall at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Not only are we looking at 800 years, but also 200 works by more than 40 artists. And, a lot of the pictures are so miniature that the museum is handing out magnifying glasses.

Early highlights include Farrukh Beg's painting of A Sufi Sage (1615), derived from a European engraving of melancholia, and Pahari's 1694-95 painting of Shiva and Parvati playing chaupad, a form of chess. 

Other names from the "Wonder of the Age" checklist include the Mahavihara Master, the Master of the Jainesque Shahnama, 'Abd-al-Samad, Basawan, Manohar, Keshav Das, Faqir 'Ali, Nasiruddin, Sahibdin, Hada Master, Ruknuddin, Kripal of Nurpur, Golu, Bhavanidas, Chitarman II, Mir Kalan Khan, Manaku, Nainsukh, Purkhu, Bagta, Chokha, Tara, and Shivalal.

The exhibition's curatorial direction is provided by Eberhard Fischer, former head of the Museum Rietberg in Zurich; Milo Beach, former director of the Freer & Sackler Galleries in Washington, D.C.; and Prof. B.N. Goswamy of the Panjab University in Chandigarh. The show is organized in collaboration with the Museum Rietberg, where it has already appeared, and underwritten by MetLife, with additional support from Novartis.

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Tara, Portrait of Sarup Singh with attendants,  after William Carpenter, 1851, in "Wonder of the Age: Master Painters  of India, 1100-1900" at the Metropolitan Museum of Art
Tara, Portrait of Sarup Singh with attendants, after William Carpenter, 1851, in "Wonder of the Age: Master Painters of India, 1100-1900" at the Metropolitan Museum of Art