National Museums Cardiff displays Indian art

Visions of Mughal India: The Collection of Howard Hodgkin will showcase at the National Museum Cardiff from 27th July to 3rd November.

Artist Howard Hodgkin is a collector of Indian paintings, and the new exhibition, selected from his private collection, includes diverse paintings from throughout the Mughal period (c1550-1850).

The collection comprises most of the main types of Indian court painting that flourished during the period, including the naturalistic works of the imperial Mughal court; the poetic and subtly coloured paintings of the Deccani Sultanates; and the boldly drawn and vibrantly coloured styles of the Rajput kingdoms of Rajasthan and the Punjab Hills.

Visiting school groups can see illustrations of epics and myths, royal portraits, scenes of court life and a group of elephant portraits.

The collection is on tour from the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford.

Howard Hodgkin said: "My collection has been seen before in an incomplete form but it’s since grown considerably. Now I’m struck all over again by its quality... I never bought paintings or drawings on the tempting but distracting basis of their topography, their school of art, their theme, period or style. I just wanted great art".

School trip organisers can combine a visit to the Howard exhibition with a tour of the National Museum Cardiff, which is free to enter.

For further school trip information visit www.museumwales.ac.uk.

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