From Library Journal
The theme of both mundane and religious animals in Indian painting is the subject of this catalog for an exhibition at the Art Institute of Chicago this spring. The result is a delightful and colorful bestiary drawn from illuminated manuscripts, painted borders, and individual works from royal albums. These paintings were created between 1475 and 1900 and are part of the permanent collection of the Art Institute. Pal, visiting curator of Indian and Himalayan art at the institute, remarks in the introduction, "the painted world of the Mughals and Rajputs preserves for us extraordinary human images of daily encounters between men and animals." Each one of the 38 full-color entries is beautifully reproduced and information about region, provenance, medium, and size is provided. All the artists are anonymous; Seid, the exhibition coordinator, gives the description of the imagery in each painting. For the price, this slim volume is a good addition to any art collection.DRavi Shenoy, Naperville P.L., IL
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About the Author
Pratapaditya Pal is a renowned scholar and visiting curator of Indian, Himalayan, and Southeast Asian art at the Art Institute of Chicago. Betty Seid is exhibition coordinator and researcher in the museum's Department of Asian Art.