Reverse Glass Painting in India
by Anna L Dallapiccola; Niyogi Books, 2017, Hardback, ISBN: 9789385285349, INR 1495.00.
About the Book
Reverse glass painting is a fascinating yet comparatively unknown facet of Indian art that flourished in the mid-19th century. Painted by Chinese and Indian artists, these 'exotic' paintings in luminous colours were much favoured by royal patrons, and also by prosperous landowners and city merchants in colonial India. The themes ranged from portraits of rulers, their families, nobles, dancers and courtesans, to landscapes and a wide variety of religious subjects drawn from the Puranas and the Epics. Many of the portraits are set in western style settings and offer a charming insight into tastes and lifestyle of the western educated urban elite in mid-nineteenth and early twentieth century India.
Over a 100 colour images highlight the rare gems of reverse glass painting from numerous private collections in India.
About the Author
Anna L. Dallapiccola, Professor of Indian Art at the South Asia Institute of Heidelberg University (1971–1995) was appointed Honorary Professor at Edinburgh University, and regularly lectured at the School of Oriental and African Studies, London. She was Visiting Professor at De Montfort University, Leicester until 2004. She was closely involved in the Vijayanagara Research Project (1984–2001)