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The Art of Peace: Paintings by the Poet Rabindranath Tagore
The British Museum
Online presentation of a 2006 exhibition of works by Rabindranath Tagore (1861-1941), "the most famous South Asian literary figure of the twentieth century." With 8 images, each with explanatory text.

Go to Museum Resource: http://www.britishmuseum.org/explore/online_tours/asia/the_art_of_peace/the_art...
Delight in Design: Indian Silver for the Raj
Columbia University, Wallach Art Gallery
"Delight in Design presents a never-before exhibited selection of richly decorated silverware produced by Indian craftsmen during the Raj, the popular term for Crown rule of India between 1858 and 1947." Highlights include tea services, calling card cases, regional styles, and workshop drawings, with many high-quality images to illustrate each section.

Go to Museum Resource: http://www.learn.columbia.edu/delight/
Early Modernists and Indian Traditions
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
A brief overview of early modernist art in India. With image of 1 related artwork.

Go to Museum Resource: http://www.metmuseum.org/toah/hd/emit/hd_emit.htm
Epic India: Paintings by M. F. Husain
Peabody Essex Museum
Online presentation of a 2007 exhibition of paintings by M. F. Husain. "The Mahabharata is one of India’s oldest and most beloved epics, and the source of stories and teachings that have been part of life in India for two thousand years. M. F. Husain, India’s best-known contemporary artist, first painted a series of works about the epic for the 1971 São Paulo Bienal." The interactive presentation explores seven paintings from the exhibition, plus gives background information about M. F. Husain and the Mahabharata.

Go to Museum Resource: http://www.pem.org/sites/epicindia/
Modern Art in India
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
A brief overview of political, cultural, and artistic developments in 20th-century India. With images of 5 related artworks.

Go to Museum Resource: http://www.metmuseum.org/toah/hd/mind/hd_mind.htm
Modern Art in West and East Pakistan
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
A brief overview of political, cultural, and artistic developments in East and West Pakistan during the 20th century. With images of 4 related artworks.

Go to Museum Resource: http://www.metmuseum.org/toah/hd/wepk/hd_wepk.htm
Ravi Agarwal: Down and Out
International Institute of Social History
Presentation of 53 photographs by photographer and environmentalist Ravi Agarwal (b. New Delhi, 1958). Most of the photographs were taken in Gujarat in 1997-99 and "show working people in the so-called informal sector of India's economy. They are snapshots of their work experiences - long working hours, difficult work conditions, migration - in a range of industries such as textiles, diamond cutting, sugar manufacturing, brick making, and construction. The pictures are rich in colour and expression, but the reality they depict is stark."

Go to Museum Resource: http://www.iisg.nl/exhibitions/downandout/
The Rise of Modernity in South Asia
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
A brief overview of artistic developments in South Asia during the 20th century. With image of one related artwork.

Go to Museum Resource: http://www.metmuseum.org/toah/hd/rmsa/hd_rmsa.htm
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