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Poetic Visions

"Poetic Visions: Indian Art from the Permanent Collection," Co-curated by Mekala Krishnan and Klare Scarborough, La Salle University Art Museum, December 17, 2014-February 27, 2015.

This exhibition showcases Indian miniature paintings which were conserved through recent grants from the E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Foundation. Most depict secular and religious scenes rendered by artists working in the North Indian painting schools of Rajasthan and the Punjab Hills during the 18th and 19th centuries. From portraits of noblemen and secular activities, to religious narratives illustrating Hindu Gods and stories, the miniatures portray a range of subject matter and artistic styles, highlighting the breadth of La Salle University Art Museum’s collection.

The exhibition was co-curated by Ms. Mekala Krishnan, E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Fellow in South Asian Art at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Ms. Krishnan contributed gallery label text, and an exhibition catalogue essay, which provided a curatorial overview of the exhibition themes—Royal Power, Feminine Beauty, Court Poetry and Hindu Stories—within the historical context of the North India court culture and art history. The catalogue is available for purchase at the Museum, or online at

The Indian Rajput paintings in this exhibition are part of a larger collection of over 150 Indian miniatures owned by La Salle University Art Museum. The collection was developed over the years through purchases and generous gifts of artwork, including significant donations of Indian miniatures between 1982 and 1993 by local psychologist and Indian art collector Dr. Alvin O. Bellak (d. 2004).

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