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"Diana, Goddess of the Hunt", Folio from the Davis Album

Object Name:
Illustrated album leaf
Date:
early 17th century
Geography:
Attributed to India
Medium:
Ink, opaque watercolor, and gold on paper
Dimensions:
Page: H. 13 1/8 in. (33.3 cm) W. 8 1/4 in. (21 cm) Mat: H. 19 1/4 in. (48.9 cm) W. 14 1/4 in. (36.2 cm)
Classification:
Codices
Credit Line:
Theodore M. Davis Collection, Bequest of Theodore M. Davis, 1915
Accession Number:
30.95.174.25
Not on view
Although painted by an Indian artist, the style and subject of this painting of the Goddess Diana are distinctly European. It was likely painted in India during the reign of the Mughal emperor Jahangir (1605–27), who was an avid collector and connoisseur. Jahangir collected European paintings, and was particularly interested in religious, allegorical and mythological scenes. Believing his court artists to be as accomplished as European painters, he ordered them to copy several European paintings – it is likely that this folio was among those meant to prove the skill of his court atelier.
Theodore M. Davis, New York (by 1914–d. 1915; bequeathed to MMA)
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