Kurt Behrendt. Representing the Divine in the Pahari Painting of North India: Giving New Form to Devotional Stories
In conjunction with an exhibition at The Metropolitan Museum of Art (22 December 2018–21 July 2019), Kurt Behrendt discusses a selection of these miniature paintings from the Himalayan hill kingdoms of North India, most of them from The Kronos Collections. The Pahari school flourished in the 17th and 18th centuries, with each region creating variations within the genre. While the idea of producing precious, smallscale works came from the Mughal and Rajput traditions, as did artists and a range of pictorial conventions, because both artists and patrons were unencumbered by longstanding iconographic conventions this brief painting tradition in infused with great innovation and creativity.