The Story of Rama @ National Gallery of Australia

Indian art is a gorgeous celebration of the drama and colour of human life and society. The beautiful exhibition of miniatures from the National Museum in New Delhi has this stunning vitality of content and execution in bringing the religious myths to the viewing public.

The exhibition tells parts of the Ramayana in panels that fall into a set of traditional artistic styles. Nearly all of them use rich vital colours and have a fascinating amount of detail. The panels on the wall are drawn from the Indian collection over the last 400 years. The text panels and the over a hundred small intense pictures are remarkably engaging. The story has a remarkable amount of tragedy, revenge, banishment and much of the colour of human society. I loved it and may go back for another look

Below is the informative NGA page for the exhibition and some snaps I took.

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