Image courtesy of Michael C. Carlos Museum at Emory University

“Tell the Whole Story from Beginning to End:” The Ramayana in Indian Painting

Sep 2, 2017 – Jan 7, 2018
Every Tue-Fri10am – 4pm
Every Sat10am – 5pm
Every Sun12pm – 5pm
Children (ages 6 to 17)$6
Children (5 and under)Free!


The Ramayana is the most celebrated epic poem in South and Southeast Asia. It tells the journey of prince Rama, from his banishment from the kingdom of Ayodhya, to his triumphant return. The earliest version of the Ramayana, attributed to the sage Vālmīki, was composed in almost 24,000 Sanskrit verses near the beginning of the Common Era. By the medieval period, numerous versions of the story appeared in vernacular languages across India and Southeast Asia. For 2000 years, this tale of moral conflict, familial piety, and violent folly has shaped religion, politics, and daily life through its varied renditions, from ancient sculpture to modern film. Many Hindus have understood Rama to be the incarnation of the god Vishnu and the embodiment of righteousness but, throughout time, authors and artists have emphasized the flawed nature of the all-too-human prince. The paintings in this exhibit date between the 17th and 19th centuries and, for the most part, were created by master painters in the courts of the Rajput kingdoms of Northwest India.



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