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Art From Us MUSEUM GUIDE : Arpana Fine Art Museums : Miniature Museum

Today we arrive at Arpana Fine Arts Museums – Miniature Museum, in New Delhi, for our weekly Museum Guide excursion, led by Divvya Nirula.

The Arpana Fine Arts Museums consists of 2 core museum collections. These are namely the Miniature Museum and the Museum of Tribal Arts & Crafts. The orginisation is headed by renowned artist Arpana Caur, for the promotion of arts and culture. Presented here are our top three must-see objects on view here. Next time you visit the museum, do not miss these!

1. Yashoda with baby Krishna, Balarama and playmates, 19th Century
2. Tiger and Lion, 19th century, by Unknown
3. Lord Vishnu Rushing To Save His Devotee Dhruva, 19th Or Early 20th Century, by Unknown

Image courtesy for artworks : Arpana Museum of Fine Arts

Some fun facts about the Museum :

  • The art of Miniature painting was first introduced in India by the Mughals.
  • As the name suggests, Miniature painting is characteristically delicate-looking and detail oriented. Typical themes include depictions of Maharajas from that era, as well as nature themes.
  • This Museum features a variety of drawings, paintings, photos and lithographs.
  • This style of painting also features religious, mythological and devotional scenes, rooted especially in Hinduism.
  • The collection largely dates back to the late 18th and early 19th centuries.
  • The Museum is located at the Academy of Fine Arts & Literature, near Siri Fort, New Delhi.

A Final Thought :

The intimate collection at this Miniature Museum provides a great overview into the style that was adopted locally from the Mughals. Miniature, like many traditional styles, is a dying art form. The Museum not only provides a platform to exhibit these works, but also educates the public about the style, in a bid to promote art and scholarship, and give this art form the status it deserves.


Visit Art From Us Archive for Museum Guide collated by Divvya Nirula. Here you shall find more suggestions on where you should visit next. And what you should see there. 

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