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Vishnu: Hinduism's Blue-Skinned Savior

June 24 - October 2, 2011

Vishnu: Hinduism's Blue-Skinned Savior is the first major museum exhibition to focus on Vishnu, one of Hinduism's three major deities. Presenting approximately 170 paintings, sculptures, and ritual objects that were made in India between the fourth and twentieth centuries, this exhibition serves as a brief survey of Hindu art styles as well as an examination of the Vaishnava (Vishnu-worshipping) tradition.

Special thanks to artist Sanjay Patel for his engaging avatar illustrations. Find more of his work in the Museum Shop.

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  • Shiva Chasing Mohini. Northern India (Punjab Hills, Garhwal), circa 1790. Opaque watercolor and gold on paper, 6 3/4 x 9 7/8 in. (17 x 25 cm). Collection of Dr. and Mrs. Frederick Baekeland

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  • Churning the Ocean. Northern India (Punjab Hills, Mankot), circa 1700. Opaque watercolor on paper, 8 1/16 x 10 7/16 in. (20.5 x 26.5 cm). Museum Rietberg, Zurich, Former collection Alice Boner, RVI 1249

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  • Churning the Ocean. Northern India (Punjab Hills, possibly Guler), circa 1760–65. Opaque watercolor and gold on paper, 8 x 11 in. (20.3 x 27.9 cm). Philadelphia Museum of Art, Gift of Stella Kramrisch, 1984-139-1

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