Saturday, August 21, 2010

Portrait of a Prince, Artist Unknown

I would not normally like this card, another obviously Pomegranate selection, but it represents India, a country I'm learning about now through the audiobook Shantaram (a story I highly recommend, by the way).

The back says, "Portraiture was virtually unknown in Indian art until the Mughal emperors brought Persian art to the imperial court. The colors, costume details, and stylization of clouds seen in this careful study of a young prince are typical of Aurangzeb Period paintings, c. 1675."

The original is opaque watercolor on paper, kept at the Brooklyn Museum.

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