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