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Wonder of the Age: Master Painters of India, 1100-1900 (Metropolitan Museum of Art) Hardcover – October 28, 2011

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“A work of consummate scholarship.” —Library Journal
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“This volume splendidly explores 800 years of Indian painting.”—Publishers Weekly
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About the Author

John Guy is Florence and Herbert Irving Curator of the Arts of South and Southeast Asian Art, Department of Asian Art, The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Jorrit Britschgi is Curator of Indian Painting, Museum Rietberg Zürich.
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Product Details

  • Series: Metropolitan Museum of Art
  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Metropolitan Museum of Art (October 28, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9780300175820
  • ISBN-13: 978-0300175820
  • ASIN: 0300175825
  • Product Dimensions: 9.6 x 0.9 x 10.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #854,754 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Grady Harp HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on October 11, 2011
Format: Hardcover
The Metropolitan Museum of Art manages to grace the libraries with catalogue so collections they have exhibited and each book they publish adds immensely to the knowledge of often misunderstood aspects of art. Such is the case in this luxuriously illustrated survey of WONDER OF THE AGE: MASTER PAINTERS OF INDIA, 1100 - 1900. The written information alone in this book is worth the cost: John Guy and Jorrit Britschgi bring more information in a palatable format that makes this book one that will be treasured by both art history students as well as art lovers and museum exhibition attendees.

The illustrations, and there are in excess of 220 of them, are superbly photographed (not always easy with delicate ancient art) and well designed in the manner in which the pages are composed with written information. And as for the point of the exhibition, here is the work of 40 of India's finest painters - some names will be recognizable and many not: some of these painters are making their book debut at this time! The works are presented chronologically and each of the periods presented has its own quality of magic. The works have been borrowed from museums and collections from throughout the world. Included in the exhibition are works by Farrukh Beg, Mansur, Balchand, Pahari, and Chitarman II. But more important than the names so strange to too many people are the extraordinary masterworks included in this book. The color saturation is excellent and again, the biography of each painter provides an amazing amount of the history of India. For many this art school will be a new venture, and thanks to the unfailing taste of the Metropolitan Museum publications, this catalogue will be the definitive one on Indian art for many years. Grady Harp, October 11
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This book offers a well written and insightful window into the eclectic and colorful world of Indian Art. Talented and masterful artists and their works from various regions of India are discussed and contextualized. This, at least for me, is so far the greatest and most informative intro into Indian art, artists and techniques i've come across. Comprehensive, well illustrated with colorful plates-many full page-and concise informative writing.Recommended.
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This is a very nice exhibit catalog documenting an extremely important exhibit of Indian painting at the Zurich Museum Rietberg and New York Metropolitan Museum of Art. But there is also a two volume survey published in conjunction with the exhibit that while substantially more expensive is a much more important volume. The set can be found here: Masters of Indian Painting 1100-1900 (2 Volume Set) as can my review and comparison with this catalog.
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This beautifully illustrated book presents representative works and brief biographies of the master painters of India from the 12th century to the the end of the 19th century including some pieces of early photography. The artworks are well presented in beautiful color and the book's layout is outstanding. The volume is another job well done by the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and a wonderful addition to my library of Indian art!
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This has given me excellent insight on the Mughal miniatures I bought at the Red Fort in Delhi. I'd previously had a hard time estimating both the date they were painted and the name of the artist. Good book. Turns out my little treasures are quite valuable!
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I am really delighted with this book, and the quality of the reproductions. The text brings together elements in the history of world art that I've only begun to understand - how this part of the world developed its own art style and concepts. The event that set me looking for a book on Indian painting was an exhibit at the Asian Art Museum in San Francisco, titled "Yoga". On display were many paintings from the period represented in this book, and I found them so beautiful in all their humanity and decorative detail. It's an inspiring and gorgeous book, and will enrich my thinking.
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