A Secret Garden

A Secret Garden

Indian Paintings from the Porret Collection

Collecting as a personal adventure: Danielle Porret's “Secret Garden”.



Title Information

Edited by Museum Rietberg Zürich. Essays by BN Goswami, Jeremiah P. Losty, and John  Seyller

1st edition

, 2014


216 pages, 108 color illustrations

25 x 30 cm

ISBN 978-3-85881-750-1


Paintings from the Indian subcontinent bedazzle the viewer with their minute details, colors and aesthetic qualities. Relatively modest in size, they often illustrate historical events, religious texts and poetry, or document life at court. Painted with water-solved pigments on paper, they invite for closer observation and allow insight into the artistic traditions of India.

A Secret Garden is the name of an outstanding private collection of Indian paintings. It comprises works spanning seven centuries from the time of the Sultans (1206–1526) through to the nineteenth century. This new book features a selection of 105 artworks from Danielle Porret’s collection. Each entry provides a stylistic analysis of the painting as well as a discussion of the subject matter by leading experts in the field of Indian painting.

The book is published to coincide with an exhibition at the Museum Rietberg Zürich in spring 2014.

Authors & Editors

BN Goswamy

 is one of India's leading art historians and an internationally renowned expert on paintings from the Pahari region. He has been teaching at Panjab University in Chandigarh and has published wiedely on Indian art.

Jeremiah Losty

 has been curator for Indian painting at the Bitish Library. He now works as a freelance publicist and contributes to books and catalogues on Indian art.

John Seyller

 is professor of art history at University of Vermont. He has published widely on Indian art and is a leading scholar on Deccani and Mughal painting.