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Mysore pack: Inside a museum of gilded paintings

BySukanya Datta
Jun 21, 2024 08:33 PM IST

A businessman has spent nearly four decades collecting Mysore-style paintings. His 600 works are now housed in an old home converted into a museum.

Typically tinged with gold, these canvases depict deities and, sometimes, imposing rulers. Seen above is the Ramapattabhisheka or the coronation or Rama. (Courtesy Ramsingh Museum)
Typically tinged with gold, these canvases depict deities and, sometimes, imposing rulers. Seen above is the Ramapattabhisheka or the coronation or Rama. (Courtesy Ramsingh Museum)
Mysore paintings are characterised by figures with oval faces, almond-shaped eyes and protruding chins, often designed to bear a resemblance to the Wodeyar kings themselves. Above, a depiction of Krishna with his eight consorts. The different avatars of Krishna, Vishnu and Devi are commonly portrayed in these paintings. (Courtesy Ramsingh Museum)
Mysore paintings are characterised by figures with oval faces, almond-shaped eyes and protruding chins, often designed to bear a resemblance to the Wodeyar kings themselves. Above, a depiction of Krishna with his eight consorts. The different avatars of Krishna, Vishnu and Devi are commonly portrayed in these paintings. (Courtesy Ramsingh Museum)
This style of paintings was initially created out of a demand for home shrines. At the time, deities for worship were primarily in the form of sculptures, which were too big for family shrines. Seen above is a painting of Bagalamukhi, one of the 10 forms of Devi. (Courtesy Ramsingh Museum)
This style of paintings was initially created out of a demand for home shrines. At the time, deities for worship were primarily in the form of sculptures, which were too big for family shrines. Seen above is a painting of Bagalamukhi, one of the 10 forms of Devi. (Courtesy Ramsingh Museum)
A view of one of the galleries. The museum is named after Singh’s late father, who bought him the house in which it sits. (Courtesy Ramsingh Museum)
A view of one of the galleries. The museum is named after Singh’s late father, who bought him the house in which it sits. (Courtesy Ramsingh Museum)
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