- USA & Canada
Maharaja: The Splendors of India's Great Kings
Virginia Museum of Fine Arts at New Market, Center and Altria Galleries
200 N. Boulevard ,
Richmond, Virginia, USA
May 21, 2012 To Aug 19, 2012
Detail: The first exhibition to explore the extraordinarily rich visual culture of India’s last royal families, Maharaja: The Splendors of India’s Great Kings spans the period from the early 18th century to the mid-20th century, bringing together over 200 magnificent objects. It examines the changing role of the maharajas (“great kings”) within a social and historical context, and reveals how their patronage of the arts, both in India and Europe, resulted in splendid and beautiful objects symbolic of royal status, power and identity.