Madrid exhibition showcases ancient Indian paintings

The exhibition will be open to viewing until July 16, 2023.

CentroCentro, a cultural center in Madrid is currently hosting an exhibition, organized and produced by Evolucionarte in partnership with the San Diego Museum of Art. It features 84 works created in South Asia between the 16th and 19th centuries from Edward Binney III’s collection, which is one of the best and most comprehensive collections of South Asian painting outside of India.

The exhibition titled “India. Paintings from the San Diego Museum of Art” will run through July 16, 2023. It is divided into two sections with the first section called ‘The Elephant' takes an in-depth look at the role of the elephant in Indian courtly paintings while the second section called ‘The throne, the hunt, the heart', explores life in the royal court through images depicting power, hunting, and love.

According to a news release, most of the paintings are done on paper using ink, opaque watercolour, and gold. The works in the throne, the hunt, the heart display the majestic Mughal, Decani, Rajasthani and Pahari courts of India.

All the artwork was procured from the San Diego Museum of Art, to whom Binny III, a dedicated trustee of the organization donated his collection. Having started collecting art from the age of 5, Binny's collection includes artworks from nearly every region, period, religious sect, and court in India, and some neighbouring countries.

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