Exhibition of Vishnu idols in Norton Simon Museum, California

Prestigious Norton Simon Museum in Pasadena (California, USA) is currently exhibiting 11th century sandstone Vishnu in its “Ancient Sculpture from the Hindu-Buddhist World” exhibition, which will continue till 1 August 2011. This exhibition examines the connoisseurship and conservation involved in identifying and preserving these ancient objects. It explores how the place of origin and date of an object can be determined by the rendering of drapery pleats, hairstyles and ornaments of iconic statuary from South and Southeast Asia dating from the 3rd through 13th centuries, according to Museum announcement. These works include study objects from India, Thailand, Cambodia and Afghanistan.

Applauding Norton Simon Museum for exhibiting Hindu focused art, Hindu statesman Rajan Zed, in a statement in Nevada (USA) today, said that art had a long and rich tradition in Hinduism and ancient Sanskrit literature talked about religious paintings of deities on wood or cloth.

Rajan Zed, who is President of Universal Society of Hinduism, urged major art museums of the world, including Musee du Louvre and Musee d’Orsay of Paris, Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, Los Angeles Getty Center, Uffizi Gallery of Florence (Italy), Art Institute of Chicago, Tate Modern of London, Prado Museum of Madrid, National Gallery of Art in Washington DC, etc., to frequently organize Hindu art focused exhibitions, thus sharing the rich Hindu art heritage with the rest of the world.

The Norton Simon Museum, with history going back to 1922, is known around the world as one of the most remarkable private art collections ever assembled, including a stellar collection of South and Southeast Asian art spanning 2,000 years. The Museum houses over 12,000 objects.

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