|Indian paintings from Australian collections
|22 February - 4 May 2008
Asian gallery, Ground Level
The history of Indian painting is a sumptuous tapestry of interweaving traditions interests and connections. It is the product of varied intimate encounters: Islam with Hinduism, Buddhism, and Jainism; the art of the book with wall paintings; the mighty Mughals with the romantic Rajputs; European outsiders with native populations; the artist with the patron; the coloniser with the colonised. Drawing from collections throughout Australia, both public and private, this exhibition of approximately 70 objects will survey the major schools of Indian painting, highlighting the rich interactions that inspired each tradition.
North India, Imperial Mughal Prince Salim returning from a hunt c1610. Bequest of Miss Gwendolen Griffiths 1968