Monday, November 23, 2020

In Delhi, Tiny Paintings That Look at the Bigger Picture Thanks to Google Arts & Culture

A scene from the Ramayana, the Indian epic that follows Prince Rama's quest to rescue his beloved wife from the demon King Ravana. By National Museum - New Delhi
NEW DELHI: A high-tech virtual exhibition staged by Google and the National Museum of India has opened a new window on the intricate world of South Asian miniature paintings. More than 300 of the delicate artworks, including illustrations stretching back to the ninth century, are featured in the “Life in Miniature” exhibition, launched in late October. Illustrated sacred and secular manuscripts are among some of the defining works of Indian art given a new lease of life thanks to augmented reality technology. Viewers can access the virtual exhibition with a smartphone and enjoy the complex stories of scriptures and human life that miniature masters began to capture as early as in the ninth century. [More]