22nd January 2015

Sultans of Deccan India, 1500-1700: Opulence and Fantasy

Sultans of Deccan India, 1500-1700: Opulence and Fantasy

April 20 – July 26, 2015

Works from Howard Hodgkin’s esteemed collection of Indian paintings are to be displayed at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.

From the gallery’s press release: The Deccan plateau of south-central India was home to a succession of highly cultured Muslim kingdoms with a rich artistic heritage. Under their patronage in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, foreign influences notably from Iran, Turkey, eastern Africa, and Europe-combined with ancient and prevailing Indian traditions to create a distinctive Indo-Islamic art and culture.

This exhibition will bring together some 165 of the finest works from major international, private, and royal collections. Featuring many remarkable loans from India, the exhibition which is the most comprehensive museum presentation on this subject to date will explore the unmistakable character of classical Deccani art in various media: poetic lyricism in painting, lively creations in metalwork, and a distinguished tradition of textile production.

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