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New Catalog on Indian Paintings and Miniatures

Apr 26, 2017

Prof. Monica Juneja co-edited the catalog “Miniaturgeschichten – Die Sammlung Indischer Malerei im Dresdner Kupferstich-Kabinett”, accompanying the exhibition “Stories in Miniatures” at the Residenzschloss Dresden. The catalog was published by the Staatliche Kunstsammlung Dresden with Sandstein Verlag.

Two collections, hitherto all but unknown, of Indian painting from the late 17th and early 18th centuries, which are part of the Dresden Copper Plate Cabinet, are the focus of these miniature stories. An inventory of the art collections of the Saxon Elector August the Strong, drawn up in 1738, lists a number of albums with portraits of Indian rulers and princes. In 1848, this collection was enlarged by a donation of 78 works, more diverse in terms of subject matter, from the estate of the German linguist and Indologist August Wilhelm Schlegel.

The catalog offers a representative selection of the Dresden inventory which was enriched by the recent donation of a Shahnama manuscript from Kashmir. The exhibition presents this inventory in the context of loans from Mumbai, London, Paris, Vienna, Amsterdam, and Berlin. Eleven essays in German and English discuss the background of, and provide insights into, the fascinating world of Indian painting. These paintings were produced in a workshop in Golconda in South India for a market of avid collectors in European cities like Amsterdam, Paris and London.

The catalog was published with Sandstein Verlag by the Staatliche Kunstsammlung Dresden, and co-edited by Monica Juneja and Petra Kuhlmann-Hodick.

Monica Juneja also curated the exhibition "Stories in Miniatures", that is on display in the Kupferstich-Kabinett at the Residenzschloss in Dresden from March 3 to June 5. The exhibition was prepared in cooperation with the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalyay Museum in Mumbai.

Prof. Monica Juneja is Professor of "Global Art History" at the Heidelberg Center for Transcultural Studies (HCTS).


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