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Hot Art: Indian Royalty at the AGO

Procession of Raja Ram Singh II of Kota and His Son at Kota (© Victoria and Albert Museum, London)

NOVEMBER 20 TO APRIL 3 No matter how far removed this modern era seems from the age of kings and queens, the power, wealth, achievements and vices of such monarchs remains fascinating—enthusiasm for Prince William of Great Britain’s engagement is but the latest example. The Art Gallery of Ontario indulges royal watchers with its latest exhibition, Maharaja: The Splendour of India’s Royal Courts. This comprehensive look at the subcontinent’s rulers from the 18th to 20th centuries features more than 200 objects and artworks, including paintings, jewellery, and even a custom “Star of India” Rolls Royce. In all, these opulent artifacts comprise some of the country’s most important treasures, and detail a legacy of cultural and artistic patronage that impacted both Asia and the Western world.

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