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“Excellent Place for Art Lovers. A piece of Raja Ravi Varma.” 4 of 5 bubbles
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Jayachamarajendra Art Gallery
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“Excellent Place for Art Lovers. A piece of Raja Ravi Varma.”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 14, 2013

This museum is one of the best places to visit when in Mysore and not to be missed at all.

The reason.........

Raja Ravi Varma.

They have almost 10-12 Original Paintings of Raja Ravi Varma including the very famous 'Krishna - The Envoy', 'Krishna Balram freeing Their Parents', 'Draupathi', 'Sairandhari', 'Ravana kills Jatayu', 'Matsyagandhi' & 'Raja Harishchandra selling his wife & son', 'Musicians', 'Baby Sucking' and 'Indrajit handing over the Celestial Nymph to Ravana after defeating Indra'.

I have always liked Raja Ravi Varma's paintings and have a couple of Original Oleographs of his Works, hence when you come to seeing the Original Works of The Master, it gives nothing short of goose-pimples.

Never imagined that the above-noted paintings would look so Mush More Beautiful on Large Canvas. Although all of these paintings are need of Great Restoration Job (I really dont know why they have not started yet), you can still get engrossed and relish the very sight of such Great Master pieces.

I have to mention the a Huge painting depicting a Dasara Darbar of the HH The Maharaja of Mysore. I seriously think that there is not a single photograph of such a huge painting. The Best thing about this Painting is that the faces of almost 200-300 people depicted in the Darbar are almost real-like and you would feel that it is a real-time photograph rather than a painting. The expressoins and features of each individual character in the painting is so much life-like that I think that you may meet some person one day who may tell you who is who in that Darbar.

While discussing Raja Ravi Varma, One should not forget the Great Work of Haldankar, which sometimes is mistaken to be work of Varma.

I am talking about the famous "Lady with the Lamp" the original name of which is "Glow of Hope". The Art Connoisseurs would love to see this painting live. As being famous for the Light Effect on the painting, it DOES give you the feel if you switch off the small 20w bulb in the solitary room and voila.., with very small amount of light trying to breach the darkness, you WILL FEEL that the Lamp in the hands of the Lady is actually giving away some light and the shadow effect of the Lady is actually due to the Lamp. So So MUCH of this Great Art Work.

The place is full of paintings by renowned Painters of that time and also some very very exquisite pieces of furniture and chinaware.

If only I could get the service of a Guide, then my enjoyment & pleasure would have been far more abound but since it was their Lunch time (12:30 pm) and they were expected to return by 3 pm, (Lunch time - ????), I took it all alone and was very happy to see some very very good piece of our history.

A word of advise, the shops outside this museum are the cheapest among any that you find at the Tourist Places. Very Straight-forward and Very cheap. I purchased in the first & last shop right adjacent to the Palace wall.

Since no camera allowed, you may see very little of this Piece of History on net.

Visited April 2013
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“Take your duster”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 6, 2013

We loved this old palace museum,with it's tactile wooden bannisters and it's somewhat "barking" display of artefacts,photos,paintings etc. It could do with a visit from someone with a damp cloth and a duster,as it is very grubby and the china in the cases is mottled with mould spores,but it holds a fascinating collection of goodies.One floor is dedicated to some wonderful musical instruments,some of which are beautifully decorated/hand painted.There are some fab 1920/30s paintings amongst the artwork ...also some lovely Raja Ravi Varma paintings.
I think part of the Museum's charm is that it is a bit run down and in need of TLC.It's a great place to while away a couple of hours or more in the heat of the day

Visited February 2013
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“Wonderful collection of artifacts and paintings.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 8, 2013

One of the highlights of the museum scene in Mysore is this place housing many fine pieces. Named after the last Majarajah of Mysore : Maharaja Sri Sir Jaya Chamarajendra Wodeyar Bahadur, Maharaja of Mysore (born 1919 dies 1974) he was a great intellect and musician and cultured man. His reign was for the period 1940 to 1950 when the hand over of powers to the Indian state occurred. Next to the museum and art gallery part is a large concert hall. The last Maharajah was keen on promoting musical performances. He even became benefactor and fisrt President of the London Philarmonia Orchestra with its famous founders Sir Thomas Beecham and Walter Legge. One needs to allow at some time to appreciate the collection here.

I have to say that it is not run as efficiently and as caring as it should be but nevertheless is an impressive place to visit in Mysore. Look out in case a concert is on during the time in Mysore.

Visited February 2013
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“ORIGINAL paintings of Raja Ravi Varma”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 2, 2013

Since i am an amateur artist, i loved this place a lot, wanted to stay for the whole day admiring the brush strokes of Ravi Varma, India's greatest artist until this moment. You will see the original paintings of Ravi Varma, how some one can be perfect and produce priceless art like him. Would love to visit this place again.

I was also able to relate to the kind of respect that the Mysore Maharajas had for Art here! Must see place.

Visited February 2013
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“Nice, interesting but very run down”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 10, 2013

Worth visiting as there are lots of paintings and other interesting things to see, but this so-called palace building is very run down and badly maintained

Visited January 2013
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