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Unique portrait show of Indian artists in the UK

A unique exhibition, billed as the first of its kind in the UK, will tell the story of the Indian portrait over three centuries, exploring the fascinating ways in which artists have approached the depiction of the human form and the changing role of portraiture.

india Updated: Mar 09, 2010 11:44 IST

A unique exhibition, billed as the first of its kind in the UK, will tell the story of the Indian portrait over three centuries, exploring the fascinating ways in which artists have approached the depiction of the human form and the changing role of portraiture.

Bringing together 60 exquisite works from international collections, the exhibition will celebrate the beauty, power and humanity of these works of art.

Starting with the Mughal court, the presentation includes some of the earliest realistic images of emperors and magnificent court portraits, as well as studies of Mughal courtiers, holy men and servants.

The distinctive regional styles from Rajasthan and the Punjab Hills are also shown alongside the European-influenced works produced by Indian artists under British rule.

These paintings are a record of a rich and complex history, embracing influences from Iran and Europe as well as local Hindu and Muslim traditions, showing that the Indian portrait can stand shoulder to shoulder with outstanding examples of portraiture from around the world.