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Indian Botanical Art: An Illustrated History

Indian Botanical Art: An Illustrated History

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Exhibition Catalog

Martyn Rix and Sita Reddy. Royal Botanic Gardens Kew, London, 2021.

224 pp. 189 col. ills. 25 x 20 cm. In English. Hardcover.

ISBN 9788195256655

For centuries, people all over the world have been relying on a handful of plants to make up a sizeable portion of their food. When it comes to Indian cuisine, specifically, plants have always directly or indirectly contributed to its richness – right from fruits and vegetables at its base to aromatic herbs and spices which lend flavour, colour and texture. However, not all Indian plants are created the same – their usage varies substantially throughout the country, not just because of their local availability but also because of their seasonal character. Over the years, artists have attempted to document different plant species to create a record of all known specimens in the only way they knew how… through illustrations. While this attempt was invigorated with the arrival of Europeans into the subcontinent, botanical art existed even in courts of Indian rajas and Mughal sultans, although they were more decorative than scientific at the time. Indian Botanical Art: An Illustrated History by Martyn Rix is the first volume to bring together previously unseen Indian botanical art, a part of the Kew Gardens’ archives. The book consists of striking Indian botanical illustrations, spanning over three hundred years, with special emphasis on the 18th and 19th centuries. These paintings were largely commissioned by East India Company’s surgeon-botanists but were brought to life entirely by the genius of native Indian artists, who were, until now, rarely acknowledged. For people who like to cook and people who like to eat, we bring to you just some specimens from this stunningly illustrated volume, depicting plants found in the subcontinent and used commonly, not just in Indian food, but food everywhere.

Subject Headings: Asian Art (Western Style) ; Non-Western in a Western Style ; Western Art -- India -- 1800-1900 -- Drawings and Watercolors -- Illustration and Printing --

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