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History told in portraits

art and culture Updated: Mar 12, 2010 02:26 IST

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Bringing together 60 exquisite works from international collections, is an exhibition of Indian portraits being held in the UK.

The Indian Portrait 1560 – 1860 on at the National Portrait Gallery till June has been curated by Rosemary Crill, senior curator at the Victoria & Albert Museum and Kapil Jariwala, an independent curator.

Starting with the Mughal court, the exhibition includes some of the earliest realistic images of emperors, court portraits, as well as studies of Mughal courtiers, holy men and servants. The distinctive regional styles from Rajasthan and the Punjab Hills are shown alongside the European-influenced works produced by Indian artists under British rule.