Indian miniature art has largely been classified by the royal courts for which it was produced. The artists themselves have been rendered anonymous, unlike in post-Renaissance European art. BN Goswamy’s life’s work as an art historian has been, in part, to recover the identities of those who painted these acclaimed works. A decade ago he published a thoroughly researched book on Nainsukh, a seventeenth-century miniature painter from Guler in Himachal Pradesh. Goswamy’s new book reconstructs the life and work of Nainsukh’s brother, Manaku, a brilliant miniature painter in his own right, of whom much less is known.
Niyogi books, 512 pages, Rs 4,000