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Vision of the Sage Markandeya
Vision of the Sage Markandeya, c. 1775-1800
Opaque watercolor and gold on paper
Image: 8 13/16 × 6 7/8 inches (22.4 × 17.5 cm) Sheet: 11 1/2 × 9 3/16 inches (29.2 × 23.3 cm)
Purchased with the John T. Morris Fund, 1955
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Spiritual Seekers: Asceticism and Piety in Indian Painting
June 19, 2001 - December 9, 2001

In India, sages, monks, and ascetics are venerated for their wisdom and piety. The role, environment, and practices of such devout individuals as imagined by Indian painters are the subject of this exhibition of painting and textiles from the Museum's collection. Dating from the mid-fifteenth century to the early twentieth century, the works convey aspects of the search for spiritual realization. Paintings illustrating such texts as the Ramayana and Mahabharata illustrate epic stories about holy men. Others offer delightful, even amusing portrayals of hermits in worldly environments. Still others feature human and divine figures whose faith and austerity exemplify the journey toward higher truths and religious ideals.


Darielle Mason • The Stella Kramrisch Curator of Indian and Himalayan Art
Dr. Sharon Littlefield • Assistant Curator, Indian and Himalayan Art


William P. Wood Gallery 227, second floor

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