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Picture of Lahore

Volume 61 Number 4, June 2010


Paintings, Murals, and Calligraphy

Edited by:  Barbara Schmitz

Price:   Rs 2500 (INR) / $68 (USD)
Binding:   Hardcover  
Specifications:   172 pages, 151 illustrations  
ISBN:   978-82-85026-97-8  
Dimensions:   305 x 241 mm

    Lahore, the capital of Pakistan’s Punjab Province, is today a large sprawling city of almost eight million people that serves as Pakistan’s centre for education and the arts. In its past the city has had two major periods of glory – during the reigns of the Great Mughals and during the rule of Ranjit Singh and his two sons with the century separating the two a virtual terra incognito. Under British rule there were new influences on art subjects and materials from Europe, and with Partition, a vibrant new modern painting was born in the city. This book presents new research on painting and calligraphy produced in Lahore, written by scholars who live in the city today.

    Barbara Schmitz, guest editor of this volume, has a PhD from the Institute of Fine Arts, New York University. She was a Pakistan Higher Education Commission (HEC) Scholar at the Department of Fine Art, Lahore College for Women University (2007-09) and Research Assocaite, Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts (IGNCA), New Delhi (1995-2006). she received a Getty Foundation Award for a catalogue of illustrated manuscripts in the Khuda Bakhsh Oriental Public Library, Patna, research grants from the American Institute of Indian Studies and IGNCA, and two Fulbright Foundation awards in India. She has written several books, exhibition catalogues, articles, and was co-author with Ziyaud-Din Desai of Mughal and Persian Paintings and Manuscripts in the Raza Library, Rampur (2006) and edited After the Great Mughals: Paintings in Delhi and the Regional Courts in the 18th and 19th Centuries for Marg (2002). 

    Barbara Schmitz

    Islamic Calligraphy in Lahore
    Anjum Rehmani

    Frescoes in the Seh-Dara at Lahore Fort
    Kanwal Khalid

    Frescoes in Ranjit Singh’s Samadhi
    Nadhra Shahbaz Naeem

    Muhammad Bakhsh Sahhaf and the Illustrated Book in Ranjit Singh’s Lahore
    Barbara Schmitz

    Ivory Paintings in the Collection of the Lahore Museum
    Humera Alam

    Coronation Darbar 1911: Drawings by Bhai Ram Singh
    Sajida Vandal and Pervaiz Vandal

    Contemporary Miniature Painting in Lahore
    Rukhsana David

    Shemza - The Lahori Artist who Juggled Symbols
    Ayesha Siddiqui

    Word as Image: Calligraph-Art in Pakistan
    M. Athar Tahir

    The Art of Political Cartoons in Pakistan
    Shaukat Mahmood