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Epic Tales From Ancient India: Paintings From The San Diego Museum Of Art


  • WHEN Ongoing from now until September 3, 2018[days & times]
  • WHERE San Diego Museum of Art, 1450 El Prado, San Diego
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  • AGES Not available
  • COST Free - $15

Epic Tales from Ancient India features more than 90 works of art from the San Diego Museum of Art's world-renowned Edwin Binney 3rd Collection of Indian paintings. Introducing viewers to paintings of India and its subcontinent, these works will be seen through larger-than-life narratives based on classical literature of the region.

Indian paintings are usually admired as individual works of art, but viewing them this way reveals only part of their story. Since most of these paintings come from books and were intended to accompany a text, this exhibition will be arranged by narrative, thus placing the paintings back in their original context–as illustrations within works of literature.

Spanning the 16th through 19th centuries, the stories include the Bhagavata Purana, ancient tales of Lord Vishnu and his various incarnations; the Ramayana, recounting the adventures and battles of Hindu god, Rama; the Ragamala, stories entailing music, love, and seasons; and works of Persian literature, including the Shahnama, an epic tale illuminating the cultural and geographic breadth of Iran, and its heroic rulers.

The San Diego Museum of Art’s Edwin Binney 3rd Collection of Indian paintings was assembled by Edwin Binney 3rd (1925–1986), an heir to the Crayola fortune. It consists of more than 1,400 works of art created during the 12th through 19th centuries at the Mughal, Deccani, Rajasthani and Pahari courts. The collection of Indian and South Asia paintings came to the museum in 1990, and is one of the largest, finest, and most comprehensive private collection of South Asia paintings outside of India.

The exhibition is on view June 8 through Sept. 3, 2018. For additional details call (619) 232-7931.

Dates and times of events are subject to change without notice. Always check the event organizer's website for the most updated schedule before attending.

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