Among the art galleries in South India, the Jayachamarajendra Art
Gallery of Mysore is noteworthy because of its possession of great paintings
from the brush of world famous artists such as Rembrandt, the like of which are
not found in anywhere in the world except Russia. Besides Rembrandt, works of
old masters like P.P. Rubens, Titian, Caddy and miniature paintings by Gunov
are also exhibited in the western section of the collections. Valuable and rare
contributions made by Col.Scott, a British Army Officer, who served in the
British Army that fought against Tipu Sultan, were shifted from Srirangapatna
to this gallery in 1950. Gravure prints by British army men showing details of
the Mysore Wars and of Hyder Ali and Tipu Sultan are also arranged in the
gallery. A spacious hall is set apart exclusively for the famous paintings of
Raja Ravi Verma, the famous Kerala prince and painter, whose paintings relate
incidents from epics. Also displayed are paintings of Mysore,
Bengal and European schools. Among the famous
painters whose works have found place in this art gallery are Mysore K.
Venkatappa, Nikolay Roerich of Russia,
Jiladin Ville of Germany, Sterling from England
and Colton from Italy.
The Indian artists whose paintings are displayed include those of Raja
Rama Varma, brother of Ravi Varma, Ishwardas, Haldenkar, Subbukrishna and M.
Veerappa. M. Ramanarasaiah, who was the curator of this gallery for a long
time, has executed most of the paintings related to the Mysore royal family. Ramanarasaiah was the
Palace Artist and was also in-charge of the exhibits of the gallery. Prior to
his appointment as full-time Curator, renowned artist G.Venkatachalam was the
Curator. The walls of the third floor are richly covered with interesting and
colourful paintings relating to Krishnaraja Wodeyar III. On one side, his
Dussera procession is displayed. The Maharaja is seen going in procession in a
chariot drawn by elephants, one of the earliest authentic visual records of the
Some of the games displayed on the adjacent wall are very interesting.
Some games, such as Devi Sayujya and Srikanta Sayujya were designed to direct
the thoughts of players heavenward. The game of chess in Indian or Hindu
tradition is also represented on this wall. Krishnaraja Wodeyar III was an
adept at these games and invented several new ones, some of which are displayed
Jaganmohan Palace has an excellent collection of musical instruments, some of which
were used by The Maharajas. It also
houses ornamental furniture, glass and Chinaware, sculptures and photographs.