Friday, February 08, 2013

Who painted this? #15

Who painted #15
You're all getting far too good at this.  I give you a painting by an artist I'd never heard of and a culture which few of us have studied much - and you get it straight away (see Who Painted This #14 - The Answer below) .

Maybe the answer is to reduce the detail........?

So who painted this?

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Painting by Ustud Mansur
Who Painted This #14 - The Answer
  • Title of the artwork: not applicable this week
  • Name of the artist who created this artwork: attributed to Ustad Mansur - the leading nature painter at the court of the Mughal emperor Jahangir.
  • Date it was created: no later than middle 17th century - probably c.1625
  • Media used: I was only expecting a few answers... however guesses ranged between opaque watercolour, gouache and egg tempera
  • Where it lives now: Institute of Oriental Studies, St. Petersburg (but since the records are confusing I'm also accepting the Hermitage Museum, St Petersburg)
At the very end of 1955 it occurred to me to visit an exhibition of old Indian and Persian miniatures organised in the Hermitage Museum in Leningrad. These miniatures, belonging to the Hermitage and the Institute of Orientalistics of the Academy of Sciences of the U.S.S.R. were very diverse. There were miniatures on historical, zoological, botanical subjects and so on. It was natural that first of all my attention was attracted by wonderful pictures of birds, exhibited among other miniatures. There were falcon, a guinea-fowl, a bustard, stone chats, finches, tragopans and so on. And amongst others an excellent picture of the dodo
An Indian picture of the Dodo by A. Iwanow - Leningrad 1958
  • Which ruler the painter worked for: Jahangir.  The point of asking this question is that this particular Moghul emperor was a passionate supporter of making records of the natural world.
  • The significance of this painting: It's the earliest known accurate painting of a dodo from life.  It's considered to be the most reliable painting of a dodo as it also fits the skeletons best.
Apparently two live specimens of the Dodo were brought to India in the 1600s according to Peter Mundy, and the specimen depicted might have been one of these.
This dodo's portrait is a part of an excellent set of Indian and Persian old miniatures very different by their origin and subjects. In the middle of the 18 th century all these pictures were provided with a broad ornamented border and united in one volume. This volume belongs now to the fine collection of Oriental manuscripts of the Institute of Orientalistics in Leningrad....... It was rediscovered in the collection of the Institute of Oriental studies of the Russian Academy of Sciences and created a sensation at the XII International Ornithological Congress at Helsinki in 1958.An Indian picture of the Dodo by A. Iwanow - Leningrad 1958
For the wildlife artist, the other birds depicted are:
Articles and websites referencing this painting

The correct answers

The first person to provide the correct answer was Jane Gardiner (Glasgow Painter)

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