Museo Nazionale d'Arte Orientale "Giuseppe Tucci", Rome, Italy
From the classical art of temples to the folk traditions of villages, the religious threads of India interweave into a rich, visual tapestry that represents an essential relationship in the evolution of Indian civilization and culture – from ancient divinities and avatars, modern diversity. This suggestive and educational exhibition examines three ancient, interconnected religious impulses of India that flow across the huge sub-continent like its vital rivers. Illustrated by exquisite stone carvings, graceful, dancing statuettes of Indian gods and goddesses, serene artistic expressions of Buddha and Jaina Tithankaras, delicately-rendered miniatures, colorful paintings, fine jewelry in precious stones and folk art, the transcendent myths and legends, the interdependent beliefs and influences of Hinduism, Buddhism and Jainism and their connection with the sacred dimension of the tribal world, are revealed, providing insight into the very pluralistic society that inhabits the most populous democracy in the world.
Created in collaboration with the Museo Nazionale of Arte Orientale of Rome, the exhibition features about 150 original objects from the museum’s renowned and extensive collection, spanning 1300 years of Indian art.