Painting

ca.1600-1610 (made)
Painting thumbnail 1
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Not currently on display at the V&A

Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin

Contact between Europe and the Mughals began in 1573, when the emperor Akbar (r. 1556-1605) led his forces into Gujarat and captured the great port city of Surat. Here, he encountered Westerners for the first time. They were from the Portuguese settlement of Goa to the south, and as a result of this meeting Akbar decided to send an embassy to Goa. This led in 1582 to the first of several Jesuit missions from Goa to the Mughal court. The Jesuits brought prints and paintings that were shown to the royal artists, who began to copy or adapt elements from them. This scene may be based on a depiction of the presentation of the infant Jesus in the temple at Jerusalem, forty days after his birth. It probably dates to ca.1600-1610, and was formerly in the collection of Arthur Churchill, from whom the museum bought it in 1913.


object details
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Object Type
Materials and Techniques
Painted in opaque watercolour and gold on paper
Brief Description
Painting, adapted from Italian religious paintings, opaque watercolour and gold on paper, Deccan, possibly Bijapur, ca. 1600-1610
Physical Description
Painting, in opaque watercolour and gold on paper, adapted from Italian religious painting. Ladies and children.
Dimensions
  • Height: 24cm
  • Width: 18cm
Content description
Ladies and children.
Styles
Object history
The painting (which has another European subject on the other side) was bought from Arthur Churchill in 1913 as part of a group of Mughal paintings that together cost £141. These two paintings cost £18.
Summary
Contact between Europe and the Mughals began in 1573, when the emperor Akbar (r. 1556-1605) led his forces into Gujarat and captured the great port city of Surat. Here, he encountered Westerners for the first time. They were from the Portuguese settlement of Goa to the south, and as a result of this meeting Akbar decided to send an embassy to Goa. This led in 1582 to the first of several Jesuit missions from Goa to the Mughal court. The Jesuits brought prints and paintings that were shown to the royal artists, who began to copy or adapt elements from them. This scene may be based on a depiction of the presentation of the infant Jesus in the temple at Jerusalem, forty days after his birth. It probably dates to ca.1600-1610, and was formerly in the collection of Arthur Churchill, from whom the museum bought it in 1913.
Associated Object
IM.14A-1913 (Verso)
Collection
Accession Number
IM.14&A-1913

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record createdApril 29, 2008
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