A lecture by Pramod Kumar KG
Presented by The Art of Gold
From the 15th century onwards the Rathores of Marwar have had Mehrangarh Fort at Jodhpur as the citadel of their kingdom with its art and architecture shaping their cultural identity within Rajasthan. Amidst the glories of their rich material culture, one aspect that is seldom remarked upon is the complexes’ use of gold and gilt. This talk explores the application of gilt across the complex, from its buildings to its rich holdings of paintings, object-d-art, costumes and textiles. The case for Jodhpur in its use of gilt is to try and understand why one of India’s best kept museums (Mehrangarh Fort Museum) and studied collections has not had more attention paid to a material that gleams across almost all forms of its art? The museum’s unrivalled collection of historic paintings and textiles shall provide a visual anchor to this exploration. The talk also hopes to draw attention to the lack of attention being made to the study of materiality across the arts of India, both past and present.
In collaboration- Eka Archiving Services, Mehrangarh Museum Trust, Culturebagh & Yarn Club