Domains of Wonder: Selected Masterworks of Indian Painting

Two Companion Exhibits on Simultaneous Display: When Gold Blossoms: Indian Jewelry from the Susan L. Beningson Collection & Indian Miniature Paintings from the David T. Owsley Collection

This fall, the Dallas Museum of Art will present Domains of Wonder: Selected Masterworks of Indian Painting, a remarkable collection of the finest examples of Indian painting from the 14th through late 19th century.

On view November 29, 2007 through March 30, 2008 in the J. E. R. Chilton Galleries, the exhibit will include 124 paintings and 2 bound manuscripts from the Edwin Binney III collection at the San Diego Museum of Art, renowned worldwide as one of the largest and most important concentrations of South Asian painting outside of India.

Organized by the San Diego Museum of Art, Domains of Wonder is the first exhibition to fully survey the richness and depth of this remarkable collection. The curator of the Dallas exhibition is Dr. Anne Bromberg, The Cecil and Ida Green Curator of Ancient and Asian Art at the Dallas Museum of Art.

Dr. Binney devoted more than 20 years of his life to amassing this truly encyclopedic collection, selecting works of the highest quality and greatest importance. The comprehensive nature of this collection is unique in its ability to provide a complete overview of Indian court painting with examples representing the best of each school from the Mughal, Deccani and Rajput courts. 

“The works in the exhibition, selected from across India, facilitate a comparison of the tastes—and the political allegiances—of the patrons and courts of various regions,” said Dr. Bromberg. And as the New York Times wrote, “God, love, death and dessert are the menu in Domains of Wonder, here, a meal of avid moods and intense sensations. With the first bite your palate is soothed; with the next you break a sweat; by the end you float on a sugar high.”

As a special presentation, the DMA will offer in its Focus Galleries two smaller companion exhibits to run concurrently with Domains of Wonder. Both have been curated by Dr. Bromberg.

When Gold Blossoms: Indian Jewelry from the Susan L. Beningson Collection complements Domains of Wonder as the people depicted in the Indian miniature paintings often wear the lavish kinds of jewelry represented in When Gold Blossoms. The exhibition of 154 pieces centers on jewelry from south India, where goldsmith work has a long history. Indian Miniature Paintings from the David T. Owsley Collection presents more than 30 works on loan from the collection of David T. Owsley, a major benefactor of the Dallas Museum of Art. These paintings, like those on display in Domains of Wonder, will cover representative periods of Indian art.

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