Saturday, June 6, 2009

National Art Gallery

National Art Gallery-Chennai

If you are interested in paintings, National Art Gallery is an important Tourist attraction in Chennai. It is located in Panthian Road, Egmore, Chennai, Tamil Nadu. It is an integral part of Government Museum. The National Art Gallery building was built in 1906 A.D, the building has Indo-Saracenic architectural features and built with sandstone and adorned with motifs. The building was designed by Henry Irwin and initially known as Victoria Memorial Hall.

In the National Art Gallery some of the finest collection of old paintings are available. The collections are displayed in four different sections:- 1) Thanjavur Painting Gallery,
2) Decorative Art Gallery 3) Indian Traditional Art Gallery and 4) Ravi Varma Painting Gallery. The Thanjavur paintings on glass is superb. Rajput and Mughal eras’ miniature paintings are wonderful. 11th and 12th Century, Indian handicrafts are displayed in the National Art Gallery. Deccan Paintings of the 17th Century AD and handcrafts, metal ware and ivory carvings from 11th and 12th Century are worth to see. The rich collection of paintings and sculptures are the key factors for the much credited tourist place.

The museum is open on all days except Fridays and National holidays.

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