Epic Tales from Ancient India: Paintings from the San Diego Museum of Art

Epic Tales from Ancient India: Paintings from the San Diego Museum of Art

July 9 – October 15, 2017

Image of Rama, Sita and Lakshman approaching the hermitage of the sage AtriFolio from the Ramayana India, Kangra, ca. 1830The San Diego Museum of Art, Edwin Binney 3rd Collection, 1990.1304
Rama, Sita and Lakshman approaching the hermitage of the sage Atri, Folio from the Ramayana India, Kangra, ca. 1830, The San Diego Museum of Art, Edwin Binney 3rd Collection, 1990.1304

Comprising 91 Indian paintings from the renowned Edwin Binney 3rd Collection at the San Diego Museum of Art, this exhibition and the accompanying catalogue will introduce audiences to beloved characters such as Rama, Sita, Hanuman, Krishna, and the great Persian hero Rostam—as well as an assortment of powerful demons and deadly beasts. Audiences will also learn the basic tools for reading and understanding Indian paintings. The paintings will be organized by text: Ramayana, Bhagavata Purana, Ragamala, and Persian-language works such as the Book of Kings, Shahnama. While most of these “miniature” paintings depict scenes of epic adventure, images related to the Ragamala convey the emotions carried through music, as told through the stories of lovers. This exhibition is organized by the San Diego Museum of Art.