The diamond-rich region of India attracted artists, poets, writers, and traders from all over the world who were inspired by all that sparkles. The diamonds were passed down through royal courts and some made their way to Europe.
This exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art brings together the opulence, elegance and fantasy of that era including diamonds the size of gum balls, rich textiles, paintings with pure gold and ornate pottery.
Sultans of India: Opulence and Fantasy at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City.- closes on July 26, 2015. See it in New York, or see the art show vicariously through this art review
Art that Sparkles
Diamonds are a girl's best friend: The exhibition starts with drool worthy diamonds that would make even Elizabeth Taylor swoon.This 17th century blue diamond is 70 carats ( that is not a typo) and Harry Winston set the gem set into the necklace.
The original Moby Dick: Traditional Indian court paintings depicted Princes in successful battle scenes, This is actually a watercolor in laid with gold. It is incredibly intricate and I have no idea how they create those luxurious details.
Get close and personal: The museum provided magnifying glasses ( you had to return them at the end of the gallery. By far this was our favorite part. We loved being handed a "toy" to use and also they usually yell at you if you get this close to paintings, so it was refreshing to be encouraged to study the details.
Not your grandma's vase: This is water pipe base. What is that? Yes, it is what you are thinking... it is a very fancy thingy for smoking pot. What ever your thoughts are on that, it is still a gorgeous vase and I love the lotus flowers
Hey, I'm Miriam Schulman and I create mixed media art to tell stories. I also teach other people how to craft their stories with art. I give them the techniques they need to get the results they desire which brings more joy to their lives.
My art has been published by Somerset Studio, Art of Man and the New York Times among others and collected by an international audience. When I'm not working on art in my studio, you'll find me in a museum spending time with friends or family. Explore my art at SchulmanArt.com or join the fun at TheInspirationPlace.net I will be offering a mixed media class in the fall of 2015.→join the wait list