Paintings Collection of Chennai Museum
The Chennai Museum has a good collection of paintings and sculptures, both traditional and modern. The traditional paintings of Tanjore, Rajput, Moghul, Kangra, Deccani schools and modern paintings in Oil, Tempera, Water Colour, Graphics and Acrylic mediums.
Graphics and modern style metal sculptures are also in the collections. Tanjore paintings depict the figures of Tanjore Maratha Kings and Queens and Puranic (mythological) scenes from Tamil Literature. Rajput paintings belong to 16th and 17th centuries AD. They illustrate the rhythm of love based on musical modes. The court scene of Emperor Babur, portraits of Jehangir, Shah Jehan, animals and birds are the subject matter of Moghul paintings. The Kangra paintings represent Krishna legends as the main subject. There are twelve Portraits of British Governors and Governors-General in the collections.
The Raja Ravi Varma paintings, which are considered as National Treasures, have been placed in a gallery with Fibre Optic lighting. This system of lighting gives a dramatic lighting effect. It also removes Ultra-Violet and Infra- Red rays, which are harmful to the paintings. The Contemporary Art Gallery has been lit using Dichroic Halogen lamps. These lamps reflect back the heat. Therefore, the paintings are prone to the least possible damage. They also have a pleasing visual effect. These lighting methods are technology demonstrators and a first for museums in India at the time of their installation in 2001 AD.
Pantheon Road, Egmore,
Chennai – 600 008.
Tamil Nadu India.
Accessibility : 1/2 KM from the Egmore Railway Station. 2 KM from the Central Railway Station. 20 KM from Meenambakkam Air Port.
Working Hours : 9.30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Holidays : Fridays and National Holidays viz. Republic Day (26th January), Independence Day (15th August) and Gandhi Jayanthi (2nd October)
Courtesy: Chennai Museum