Seeing the Divine: Pahari Painting of North India

22 December 2018–21 July 2019

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Seeing the Divine

Krishna Celebrates the Start of the Rainy Season, folio from the devotional text of the Bhagavata Purana,ca. 1725–50. Attributed to the Master of the Swirling Skies.

Focusing on early painting styles that emerged in the regional courts of the Punjab hills of North India during the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, this exhibition examines innovative ways of depicting the Hindu gods. By juxtaposing devotional images with emotionally charged narrative moments, the paintings provided fresh means for royal patrons to forge a personal connection to the divine through devotion (bhakti). Highlights include an early nineteenth-century temple banner that has never been shown publicly.

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