Abduction, betrayal and heroic battles.  Larger-than-life stories depicted with the miniaturist’s delicacy of touch and vibrant colors.   This upcoming exhibition is drawn from the San Diego Museum of Art’s Edwin Binney 3rd Collection of Indian paintings.  The images provide a compelling introduction to classic Indian and Persian texts: Ramayana, Bhagavata Purana, Ragamala, and the Persian Book of Kings, Shahnama.  Although most of the paintings depict scenes of epic adventure, images related to the Ragamala provide a change of pace; this text deals with a range of specific musical modes and the varied emotions they convey.  There’s something for everyone—bring the kids! 

This exhibition is organized by the San Diego Museum of Art.
Generous support for this exhibition at the Blanton is provided by an anonymous donor.

Image credit:
Asavari Ragini of Sri, about 1650
Central India, Malwa
Opaque watercolor and gold on paper
Edwin Binney 3rd Collection, 1990.950