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National Art Gallery And Museum, Chennai

National Art Gallery And Museum Overview

The National Art Gallery at Pantheon Road (Egmore) houses a vast collection of rare paintings from the Chola period. It has a plethora of paintings dating tentatively from around the 10th century A.D. The museum was established in 1857 and can justify its claim to being one of India's best housing various sections on geology, archaeology, numismatics, anthropology, botany and zoology. It was built in 1906 and the building itself is a work of art, which was originally intended to be the Victoria Memorial and Technical Institute but was made the National art Gallery in 1951. On display in this gallery are 10th and 13th century bronzes, 16th and 18th century Rajasthani and Mughal paintings, 17th century Deccani paintings and 11th and 12th century Indian Handicraft.

Painting : The gallery houses a plethora of paintings dating tentatively from around the 10th century A.D. Some of the bronze and panchaloka statuettes, made from five metals, belong to that age. These depict Nataraja, the dancing form of Lord Shiva and his spouse goddess Parvati. The paintings depict Lord Krishna in various postures besides many other mythological and historical figures. In addition, there are intricate glass and mica paintings hailing from Tanjore and more or less attributable to the same era. The adjacent building is a world of contemporary art, the handiwork by the eminent painters, Ravi Verma and his son Raja Verma. The paintings vary from portraits, landscapes to simple modern art in an assortment of colours and hues. The museum was established in 1857 and has the country's best collection of South Indian bronzes, both ancient and modern, among which the beautiful bronze icons of Nataraja, Rama, Sita, Lakshmana and Hanuman are worth mentioning. The Amaravathy Gallery contains rare second century marble sculptures depicting important events in the life of Gautama Buddha. The sculptures were unearthed from the Buddhist ruins at Amaravathi.
Timings : 8 A.M to 5 P.M. Closed on Fridays.
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