A Standing Raja with One Arm Raised
7 1/2 x 4 1/2 in. (19.1 x 11.4 cm)
Unknown, Indian, Rajasthan, Jodhpur School,
Medium and Support:
drawing in black ink on brown paper, heightened with washes of color
Gift of Dr. Alvin O. Bellak
Label for "Poetic Visions: Indian Art from the Permanent Collection", Co-Curated by Mekala Krishnan and Klare Scarborough, La Salle University Art Museum, December 17, 2014-February 27, 2015:
This unfinished drawing of a raja provides insight into the painting process of court workshops. North Indian court painting was a collective effort, and many artists contributed to the final product. A master artist would lay out the composition and the line drawing, leaving indications of color choices for the apprentice artists, as seen here. These artists would then add the color and details to the various sections of the paintings. The raja’s head bears traces of correction to the line drawing: the white patches around the nose, turban and eyebrow indicate that an earlier line was painted over with white paint.