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Art December, 21 2010

“India’s Fabled City: The Art of Courtly Lucknow” at LACMA

India’s Fabled City is on view at LACMA through February 27, 2011.

Lucknow was an extraordinarily elegant and sophisticated Indo-Islamic kingdom that flourished in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. This is the first exhibition devoted to the opulent art and culture of the city, which boasted the wealthiest court and most ostentatious cityscape in northern India.

The exhibition includes a range of decorative arts, paintings, and textiles, all of which are complimented by a selection of 19th-century photographs of Lucknow. The core theme is Indian colonial history and memory.

Examples from India’s Fabled City: The Art of Courtly Lucknow come after the jump.

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