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Indian Art exhibition at the Rietberg Museum, ZH

The Way of the Master
The Great Artists of India, 1100–1900



800 years of Indian painting, some 240 masterpieces by more than 40 artists – and all this at a glance. Never before in the West has an exhibition offered such a comprehensive overview of the entire history of Indian painting.

Although Indian painters were celebrated as “wonders of their age” by their contemporaries, for a long time very little was known about their lives. There are no Indian equivalents of sources such as Vasari’s biographies of European Renaissance artists. The fact that artistic traditions were shaped within a family, a workshop, or a court, adds to the difficulty of attributing works to individual artists.

Thanks to many years of painstaking research, the deciphering of microscopically small signatures, analyses of pilgrim registers, and, especially, stylistic comparisons, more is now known. For example, about Farrukh Beg, who painted in Iran, in Kabul, Lahore, Bijapur, and Agra, or the brothers Manaku and Nainsukh who, despite their joint training in their father‘s workshop, differ significantly in style.

Museum Rietberg

Gablerstrasse 15
8002 Zürich

1 May – 21 August 2011

To book a private tour in English, please call + 41 (0)44 206 31 11.

Tuesday to Sunday
10 am to 5 pm

Wednesday and Thursday
10 am to 8 pm

Closed on Monday

Special exhibition and collection
CHF 16 / CHF 12 reduced

Collection only
CHF 12 / CHF 10 (reduced)

16 and under

Free admission for kids 16 and under.

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