I picked up a postcard of this painting in Boston and it's on my studio wall right now - what a delight to find the image on the Harvard's Sackler Museum website so I can share it here. Apparently, beetle-wing cases were used in its making, see below. How's that for mixed media?
----------------- Image: Unknown Artist A Nayika and Her Lover: Page from a Dispersed Rasamanjari Series (Blossom Cluster of Delight), c. 1660-1670 Painting Indian, 17th century Basohli, Kashmir, India Opaque watercolor, gold, and beetle-wing cases on paper actual: 23.4 x 33 cm (9 3/16 x 13 in.) Harvard Art Museum/Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Gift of John Kenneth Galbraith, 1972.74
There is nothing like looking at paintings from another country to bring home the mystery (and delight) of cultural perspective. These lush images burst with life and story, and at the same time they present visual viewpoints quite different from conventional western ones. Let's look for ways to understand the stories as well as the visual elements of the paintings by noticing connections to other work, discussing what we see, and sketching the paintings to make them our own.
All are welcome to join me for an early dinner following the class at a restaurant nearby, TBA.