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Rembrandt is one of the greatest artists in history, with his name alone being synonymous with fine art itself!  Yet, few know him as one of the earliest European admirers of Mughal Art. At the peak of his career, he was influenced by Mughal miniatures and did several etchings based on these.  He drew at least 2 dozen versions of Mughal miniatures he had collected and some of his artworks from a later period reflect this “oriental” inspiration. Back in…

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In Pictures: Christian Art in the Mughal Period

The Introduction of Christianity Jesuit missionaries were the first group of Europeans to visit the Mughal court. They initially arrived at the Portuguese colony of Goa in 1542. At the invitation of Akbar (r. 1556-1605), there were altogether three Jesuit missions. The third was headed by Father Jerome Xavier (1549-1617) who arrived in Lahore in 1595 and remained at court…

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Jaya He Museum : A Review

Possibly India’s largest public artwork project to date, Jaya He Museum at the Mumbai International Airport, spans across Terminal 2 and is a landmark corporate initiative to safeguard an immense cultural resource. Jaya He Museum provides the artisans with a unique platform to showcase their arts and crafts, many of which are dwindling due to a lack of opportunities. Envisioned…

Preserving India’s Heritage at CSMVS, Mumbai

Contributed by: Susmita Biswas Have you ever had to retrieve and preserve family photo albums at your grandmother’s home? It was an annual ritual at my grandmother’s home to replace the butter papers in between pages and air out the photos, so they don’t get moist and catch mould. We would even use a little dusting powder on the butter…

World of Rock Art

UNESCO World Heritage site, Bhimbetka in Madhya Pradesh has some of the oldest art on rocks. The name “Bhimbetka” means the “sitting place of Bhima” which alludes to its connection with Mahabharata times. When the World of Rock Art exhibition came to Chandigarh, I was naturally very excited. I had just finished a 3-day session with school students on…

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