[Illinois] Exhibition of Indian paintings passed ‘From Hand to Hand’ at Krannert Art Museum
February 28 @ 6:00 pm - March 28 @ 8:00 pm
FEB 13, 2019 10:00 AM
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — Small, richly colored paintings created in northern India from the late 1500s to the early 1800s animate vivid stories from the great Hindu epics, passionate verses of devotional and love poetry, and noble portraits of Rajput royals. Selections from Krannert Art Museum’s collection of such paintings will be on view in the exhibition “From Hand to Hand: Painting and the Animation of History in Northern India,” opening Feb. 28 with a public reception at 6 p.m.
Small in scale and featuring rich jewel-toned colors made from ground semiprecious stones and other organic materials, paintings produced for the Rajput courts were not meant to be framed on a wall or looked at from a distance. Instead, they were meant to be held, passed from person to person and shared for intimate viewing with courtiers or given as gifts.