Jayachamarajendra Art Gallery Mysore Entry Fee
- 20 per person for Adults
- 10 per person for Children
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Jayachamarajendra Art Gallery Mysore Address: Opp City Bus Stand, Jagan Mohan Palace Road, Chamrajpura, Mysuru, Karnataka, 570024, India
Jayachamarajendra Art Gallery is not only an art gallery but also a palace where the royal family lived once. Built in 1861 during the rule of Mysore Maharaja Krishnaraja Wodeyar III, Jaganmohan Palace was constructed as an alternate home for the royal family. However after the old Mysore Palace was burnt completely in a fire breakout, the royal family stayed in this palace till the new Mysore palace was built in 1897.
Jaganmohan palace was later converted into an art gallery, during the reign of Krishnaraja Wodeyar IV in 1915. In the year 1955, it was renamed as Jayachamarajendra Art Gallery in the honour of Sri Jaya Chamarajendra Wodeyar Bahadur.
This art gallery displays an immensely rich collection presenting a peek into the world of royals and bygone eras, still radiating the grandeur of past. Undoubtedly one of the best art galleries of Southern India, Jayachamarajendra Art Gallery plays an exquisite work of renowned artists making it a popular place especially among art lovers.
Paintings at Jayachamarajendra Art Gallery
This art gallery boasts of more than 2000 paintings by celebrated painters, depicting varied styles of paintings from all over the world. It is particularly known for the works of Rembrandt that have been displayed here. Unique paintings of Rembrandt who is still considered to one of the greatest Dutch painters in European art can be seen here at this art gallery. It also displays paintings of other world famous painters such as Titan, P.P. Ruben, Jiladin Ville, Nikolai Roerich and Aless Caddy. Miniature paintings of Gunoy have also been displayed here.
Equally enticing is the display of paintings by India’s greatest painters. Varied styles of Indian painting such as Mughal, Mysore and Shantiniketan can be seen. This art gallery has amazing collection of painting by the esteemed painter Raja Ravi Varma who is invariably one of the greatest painters that India has ever produced. A renowned artist of Thiruvananthapuram, in 1904 Raja Ravi Varma has also worked on a project which was assigned to him assignment by the Mysore Maharaja Krishnaraja Wodeyar IV. His paintings are one of the major attractions of Jayachamarajendra Art Gallery.
Lady with the lamp by the painter Haldankar is another major attraction of this art gallery. This painting has been displayed separately in a dark room. It has been done to show how the glow of a lamp is shedding light and illuminating the face of the woman in the painting.
Paintings by other famous Indian painters such as Rabindranath Tagore, S.L. Haldankar, Raja Rama Varma, M. Veerappa, Ishwardas, and Subbakrishna are also showcased. These paintings not only present the opportunity to witness some of the supreme works of the world but also offer a glimpse into the olden eras.
Traditional gold leaf paintings, dating back to 1875, from the Mysore, Bengal and European Schools are also worth noticing. It also displays paintings on rice grain; to see these paintings one need magnifier glass.
Other Exhibits at Jayachamarajendra Art Gallery
Along with paintings, Jayachamarajendra Art Gallery also displays an exotic collection of war weaponry, musical instruments and various other artefacts which were once an intricate part of Royal lifestyle. Further into the gallery will show visitors an amazing collection of antique coins and currencies, exquisite brass-wares and ceramics, artistic sculptures and mementos. Sandalwood and ivory carvings also captivate visitors with their intricate beauty.
One of the major attractions here is a French clock. This clock has a unique mechanism where a group of miniature soldiers parade every hour; while the seconds are marked by the drum beats and minute is marked by a bugle. French musical calendar, religious bells which were brought from Nepal along with a wide array of toys and artefacts can be seen at this art gallery.
Jayachamarajendra Art Gallery Timings and Entry Fee
The timings of Jayachamarajendra art gallery is from 8.30 AM to 5.30 PM. The art gallery is open throughout the week. Entry fee of the art gallery is only Rs.20 per person for adults while it is Rs.10 per child.
Reaching Jayachamarajendra Art Gallery
As Jaganmohan Palace is located in the centre of the city, this art gallery is easily accessible via auto rickshaws and cabs. It is located opposite to the city bus stand and is quite near to the KSRTC bus stand (about 2 km) while from Mysore railway station too it is only 2 km away.