Rajput: Sons of Kings
Paintings from the Princely Courts of India
8 June - 4 September 2005
Asian Gallery, Ground Level

An exhibition of 76 colourful Indian miniature paintings depicting the luxurious lifestyle of the Rajput courts of the Indian state of Rajasthan from the 17th to 19th centuries.

The miniatures convey the vitality, indulgence and sensuality of life at the Maharana's court and present a window into a cultural world that no longer exists. They explore the role of the central figure, the Maharana who is portrayed as warrior, hunter and patron of art, music and dance. The main themes include; portraiture, the hunt and other leisurely pursuits, religion, the role of women, romance and politics. A large proportion were painted in Udaipur, the centre of Mewar, which was the last of the Rajput kingdoms to fall under the dominance of the Mughal empire in 1615.

A National Gallery of Victoria Touring Exhibition

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Maharaja Madho Singh of Jaipur c. 1760 Udaipur, Rajasthan, India. Collection National Gallery of Victoria

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