Visions of Mughal India: The Collection of Howard Hodgkin

National Museum Cardiff

27 July – 3 November 2013

Intricate paintings depicting myths, scenes of court life and a striking group of elephant portraits.

Sultan Muhammad Adil Shah and Ikhlas Khan riding an elephant Bijapur, c.1645

Sir Howard Hodgkin has been collecting Indian art since his schooldays, and his large group of pictures produced in the Mughal period (c 1550-1850) includes the refined products of the Imperial court, bold compositions from Rajasthan and subtly coloured paintings from the Deccani sultanates.

Hodgkin said of his collection: 'These pictures have been chosen because I thought they were beautiful, because they touched my emotions, and not for any scholarly purposes. It is a collection made by an artist. I hope you enjoy looking at it.'

This exhibition is on tour from the Ashmolean Museum. 

Venue information

Opening times

Tues – Sun & most Bank Holiday Mondays
10am – 5pm

Closed 24 – 26 Dec, 1 Jan

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