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Victoria Memorial to get a virtual reality revamp as an addition to the Google Arts and culture project

Google Arts and culture has been a fundamental milestone in providing access of thousands of museums to millions worldwide. Enthusiasts can experience a 360 degree view of the famous museums around the globe from the comfort of their homes and can virtually explore the art galleries and museums by just clicking their computers.

Previously, people could explore the world renowned Paris Opera, Smithsonian National Museum of History, etc. as part of the project. Recently, many Indian monuments and museums such as Gateway of India, National Museum, National Gallery of Modern Art from New Delhi, along with the Victoria Memorial Hall were included in this project.

Another great addition came on 18th May 2017 in the form of the architecturally magnificent Victoria Memorial Hall, Kolkata that is now a part of this amazing experience. Going live on the same day were three other curated exhibitions: The Art of Abanindranath Tagore, Gaganendranath Tagore: Painter and Personality and The Magnificent Heritage of India as seen by Thomas and William Daniel. .

“Over 200 paintings by Bengal School of Art exponents Abanindranath Tagore and Gaganendranath Tagore will be featured in total, in the first two virtual exhibitions. They have been curated by the leading art historian Ratan Parimoo, the author of ‘Art of Three Tagores: From Revival to Modernity’,” said Jayanta Sengupta, Secretary and Curator, Victoria Memorial Hall to The Indian Express.

This exhibition features various renowned artworks that include water colour painting of Bharatmata, painted by Abanindranath Tagore in 1905. Apart from the Tagores, one can also find the Thomas and William Daniell’s paintings. These 18th-century English artists travelled to India in 1785 and spent 9 years here. Their work involved expansive studies, drawings and sketches of landscapes, architecture and antiquities in both oil paint and aquatints. It took a long time to curate this show and it was administered in-house.

Victoria Memorial Hall was inaugurated in 1921. It was devised by the then Viceroy of India, Lord Curzon as a tribute to Queen Victoria. Victoria Memorial Hall showcases the largest art collection created by the Daniells in India.


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