Keeping in view the 21-day lockdown enforced in the country, various museums of the country have opened up to showcase prestigious collections.
National Gallery of Modern Art, Delhi
- Amrita Sher-Gil
- Bride’s Toilet and Self Portrait
- Jamini Roy
- Mother and child and Santhal Dance
- Rabindranath Tagore
- Lady With Flowers
About the collections :
- The collection is also divided as per the medium and the period.
- It also houses prominent art collectives of India, including the British portrait painters and miniaturists who travelled to India, including Thomas Daniell and Emily Eden.
Dr Bhau Daji Lad Museum, Mumbai
- It houses the fine and decorative arts of the 19th century that highlight art practices in the erstwhile Bombay Presidency, along with dioramas, maps, lithographs and photographs.
National Museum, Delhi
- The online exhibitions by the museum include Art of Calligraphy, featuring Arabic and Persian inscriptions on objects.
- It also includes Nauras: The Many Arts of the Deccan,Pottery from Ancient Peru.
Nauras: It celebrates the rich arts and composite cultures of the Deccani Sultanates that flourished in peninsular India from the 15th to the 18th centuries.
Victoria Memorial Hall
- In addition to it, there are works from Thomas Daniell and his nephew William Daniell, who travelled across India and documented its landscapes, buildings and people, from 1786 to 1793.
- There is a section titled India includes Abanindranath’s iconic Bharatmata, and another section celebrates the building in marble envisaged by Lord Curzon, Viceroy of India from 1898 to 1905.
- Bharat Mata is an art work painted by Abanindranath Tagore in 1905.
- Bharat Mata was depicted as a women in the style of Hindu Goddess with following details
- Saffron clad woman
- Her four hands
- Holding a book
- Sheaves of paddy
- A piece of white cloth
- A garland
- The image focuses on the depiction of Mata, which is a figure of respect and reverence in the society.
- However, this image has no religious component and is more integral and non-sectarian as far as its ideological bent is concerned.
Important Events during the tenure of Lord Curzon (1899-1905)
- Appointment of Police Commission (1902) under Sir Andrew Fazer
- Appointment of Universities Commission (1902) and passing of Indian Universities Act (1905)
- Establishment of Department of Commerce and Industry
- Calcutta Corporation Act (1899)
- Partition of Bengal (1905)
- Younghusband’s Mission to Tibet (1904)
Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya
- The collection looks at the story of Indian textiles through sculptures, paintings from the Ajanta caves, cloth pieces, folios from manuscripts and photographs.
- Another collection gives an insight into the Natural History section of the museum. It features several mammals, birds, reptiles and fishes.
- Most of the specimens were collected by well-known ornithologist Salim Ali and mammalogist SH Prater.