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Give in to the Splendour

March 30th, 2011

This fall, the Art Gallery of Ontario unveiled a remarkable exhibition that explored in depth the lavish lifestyle of the maharajas, from the early-18th to mid-20th century. Maharaja: The Splendour of India’s Royal Courts brings to Canada for the first time a collection of truly magnificent works of art created for India’s great kings. These objects chronicle the many aspects of royal life and celebrate a legacy of cultural patronage by generations of maharajas, both in India and in Europe.

The first exhibition to comprehensively explore the world of the maharajas and their unique culture of artistic patronage; the exhibition spans 250 years of history and features over 200 opulent objects. Highlights include: paintings of spectacular royal processions; royal costumes and traditional dress; ceremonial weapons, including daggers, swords, and matchlock guns; elaborate jewellery commissioned from the French house of Cartier; prized photographs by artists such as Man Ray and Cecil Beaton; and a saffron-coloured 1934 Rolls Royce Phantom II. And, let’s not forget the wonderful performances!

Thanks to generous support from Fairfax Financial Holdings Ltd., The Globe and Mail, Rogers Communications Inc., and Scotiabank Group, the Art Gallery of Ontario is thrilled to offer FREE admission to Maharaja: The Splendour of India’s Royal Courts to visitors 25 years of age and under. The Free 25 & Under program runs until April 3, 2011. A special offer for families, priced at $66, grants admission to four adults and an unlimited number of children. Admission includes access to the AGO’s permanent collection.

The end is near! You have just days left to give into the splendour. Maharaja: The Splendour of India’s Royal Courts closes April 3, 2011. See it while you can!

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