Exhibitions/ Art Object

Blindman's Bluff: Page From a Dispersed Bhagavata Purana (Ancient Stories of Lord Vishnu)

ca. 1715–20
India (Rajasthan, Mewar)
Ink, opaque watercolor, and gold on paper
9 7/16 x 10 7/8 in. (24 x 27.6 cm)
Credit Line:
Purchase, Cynthia Hazen Polsky Gift, 1991
Accession Number:
Not on view
During the eighteenth century, artists continued to use the bright colors, flat shapes, frontal compositions, and stylizations typical of seventeenth-century Mewari painting- but only in illustrations of religious and literary texts, possibly because the old style was considered well suited to the mythological realm. As is apparent from this picture of Krishna's childhood games, the one innovation that was introduced into such manuscript paintings in the eighteenth century was the sporadic evocation of a deeper, more tangible space. The individual objects still appear two-dimensional here, but they are freed from the ground plane and arranged against a high horizon in a manner that suggests spatial recession. Although the implied depth is reinforced by overlapping trees, the diagonal slant of the river, and flat planes of color, the use of profiles and the fairly rigid frontality do not let viewers forget that they are looking at a two-dimensional, decorated surface.
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Paintings from Mewar," 1998.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Painting at Mewar," May 17, 2004–October 5, 2004.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Painting at Mewar," July 10, 2007–November 19, 2007.

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