New Delhi , August 12: As we all have read about the glorious history of India which is so interesting and nail-biting. First came the Mughals in around 1526 which changed the course of ‘Hindustan’. The Mughal Empire ruled India for over 400 years and then, ruled the British Raj from 1858 to 1947. Most of us might not know the innate secrets of the Indian monuments and so, the National Museum in New Delhi has organized an exhibition ‘Indian Historical Monuments in Company Painting School’ for people to absorb the history of India and from where it all began. The exhibition will remain open to the public till 27th August, 2017. The exhibition presents illustrated paintings on Indo-Islamic Monuments with scenes of Mughal Architectures made with photo realistic approach.
This exhibition dates back to the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries of India where our ancestors witnessed a new genre of painting popularly known as ‘Company School’ as it emerged primarily under the patronage of the British East India Company. The British officers trained Indian artists in British water color style for documenting Indian daily life scene, monuments, art and culture in the form of paintings for carrying out as souvenir to their homes while returning to the England. Some of these Company Paintings are illustrated with scenes of Mughal architectures. As these paintings were part of documentation, most of these architectures are painted in full profile such as Red Fort of Delhi (1639-48 CE) and Taj Mahal (1630-48 CE) while a few of them depict only important part of the monument for highlighting special features like Interior of the Tomb of Itimad-ud-Daula.
Some of the paintings displayed at the exhibition in National Museum are:
1. Chini Ka Rauza of Agra
2. Buland Darwaza of Fatehpur Sikri
3. Gateway of Taj Mahal of Agra
4. Coloured sketch of Red Fort of Agra from the riverside
5. Railing around the graves inside of Taj Mahal in Agra
6. Akbar’s Tomb of Agra
Apart from the current exhibition, the National Museum took a new initiative on a “Small Temporary Exhibition” from its reserve collection. The exhibitions will be based on several themes, so that it will attract large number of visitors to view new artifacts every fortnight. Through such programme, National Museum is trying to draw visitor’s attention and allows them to experience the collection on many significant art pieces of reserve storage, which generally remains out of focus.