Talk: Jangal, Forest and Garden: Meanings and Depictions in Indian Painting
- Wallace Collection |
The forest – frightening in its density, alluring in its fruitfulness and sacred as an abode of renunciants – is a prominent feature of Indian lore. During the Mughal and later periods this tradition was overlaid by notions of the Persian garden, creating imagery with multiple meanings that is a major feature of the paintings of Rajasthan.
Richard Blurton, Head of the South Asian section in the Department of Asia at the British Museum, discusses these paintings, some of which can be explored at the British Museum in Garden and Cosmos: The Royal Paintings of Jodhpur and (in collaboration with Kew) India Landscape. Both are part of lndian Summer, a season of exhibitions and events celebrating India’s vibrancy.