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‘’Life in Miniature’ Project launched’

  • Category
    Art and culture
  • Published
    2nd Nov, 2020

The Government launched ‘Life in Miniature’ project, a collaboration between the National Museum, New Delhi, Ministry of Culture, and Google Arts & Culture.

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The Government launched ‘Life in Miniature’ project, a collaboration between the National Museum, New Delhi, Ministry of Culture, and Google Arts & Culture.

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What is ‘Life in Miniature’ Project?

  • Under the Project, several hundred miniature paintings from the National Museum, New Delhi can be viewed online on Google Arts & Culture by people around the world.
  • The project uses technologies like machine learning, augmented reality and digitization with high-definition robotic cameras, to showcase these special works of art in a magical new way.
  • Inspired by the domes and doorways that punctuate Indian homes and public spaces, this is the first AR-powered art gallery designed with traditional Indian architecture.

The National Museum

  • The National Museum in New Delhi is the premiere cultural institution of India and has antiquities and art objects of more than 5000 years.
  • During the pandemic, the museum has been actively attempting at getting digital engagement from visitors at online mode.

Miniature paintings

  • Though compact (about the same size as a small book), miniature paintings typically tackle profound themes such as love, power and faith.
  • Miniatures are rich in detailed representations of topics that have shaped Indian culture.
  • The earliest Miniature paintings in India can be traced back to the 7th century AD, when they flourished under the patronage of the Palas of Bengal.
  • Buddhist texts and scriptures were illustrated on 3-inch-wide palm leaf manuscripts, with images of Buddhist deities.
  • Pala art was defined by subdued colours and sinuous lines, evocative of the murals in Ajanta.
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