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12/11/2010

Cheap this Sun: Courtly Art of North India

Posted by Carren Jao Pineda |

The Gate of the Hooseinabad Bazaar, 1148
photographer: Samuel Bourne (1834-1912)
circa: 1860
location: Lucknow, India

There are many countries I'd love to see one day and at the top of my list is India. I haven't yet figured out how I'll visit, but LACMA's exhibition on North Indian city Lucknow looks ready to inspire yet again.

Opening this Sunday, India’s Fabled City: The Art of Courtly Lucknow captures the rich cultural tapestry of north Indian city Lucknow. Supposedly the successor to the resplendent Mughal Empire, Lucknow eventually fell from the world's radar upon the British occupation. In its heyday, the city was a cultural nexus for Eastern and Western artists, as well as Hindu and Islamic influences.

The exhibition includes "almost 200 artworks: European oil paintings, watercolors, and prints; Indian opaque watercolor paintings generally made for albums, vintage photography, textiles, and garments, and a range of decorative art objects including metalwork, glassware, weaponry, and jewelry."


Los Angeles County Museum of Art
Admission: $15 (for Adults)
5905 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles
Phone 323-857-6000
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