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I am no specialist on the history of painting. From personal knowledge I may state that a collection of Mughal oil paintings (reproduced in colored print) was published by the erstwhile Soviet Union and made available in India in the late nineteen-fifties. They were apparently influenced by contemporary  continental renaissance painting. The painters were not Indian but, perhaps Iranian as far as I remember. The original paintings were not earlier than the seventeenth century. The themes were secular, as far as I remember. The collection belonged to Pt. Karumnamay Saraswati (1904-1977), a learned religious man of Calcutta with many devotees.

From: Dean Michael Anderson <eastwestcultural@yahoo.com>
To: Indology List <indology@list.indology.info>
Sent: Friday, 12 July 2013 9:30 PM
Subject: [INDOLOGY] painting on canvas?

Does anyone know the first recorded of painting canvas or cloth in India? When did it become popular?



Dean Michael Anderson
East West Cultural Institute

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