Magic of India

From the Temple to the Court. Masterpieces of Indian Art.


The Magic of India through Maharajas' art, religions, costumes and jewelry: a journey through the splendors of a fabulous continent.

On the ground floor it will be set up, throughout the whole period, the International Exhibition of illustrations for children "Tales from India."

Treviso, Casa dei Carraresi - Via Palestro, 33

Weekend a Firenze Srl [email protected] - Phone +39-0574-38074

EXHIBITION DATES: October 26 2013 - May 31 2014 - EXTENDED UNTIL JUNE 2

Opening hours:
Mondays to Fridays: 9am – 7pm
Saturdays and Sundays: 9am – 8pm

Cashier closes 1 hour before closure.

Closure dates:
December 25 and 31. January 1 closed from 9:00am to 2:00pm.

Extraordinary openings:
January 1 from 2pm to 8pm

No admittance for pushchairs, baby carriers or animals

One business day after completing your request, you will get the confirmation mail, containing a link you must visit to print your voucher. Voucher must be shown at the entrance of the exhibition to pick kreserved tickets up; please remember the exhibition staff will not accept other docuements to pick tickets up.

Cancellation Policy:
For cancellations once a confirmation code has been assigned to the reservation, and for no shows, we can refund cost of unused tickets minus service fee (reservation fee and online booking fee).

Reservations: +390422-513150

Tourist bookings ONLY: Phone: +39-0422- 541052, email [email protected]

How to reach Treviso


From Milan: take the A4 Milano-Venezia motorway, exit at Preganziol. From here take the A27 motorway for Belluno and exit at Treviso Sud. Follow signs to city center. Alternatively, from Preganziol take the SS13 “Terraglio”.

From Munich: take the A22 motorway from the Brenner Pass to Verona. From Verona take the A4 to Venezia and exit at Preganziol. Then take the A27 for Belluno and exit at Treviso Sud. Follow signs to city center.

From Rome: take the A1 motorway. From Bologna take the A13 Bologna-Padova and exit at Padova Est. Take the A4 Milano-Venezia. Exit at Preganziol and take the A27 for Belluno. Exit at Treviso Sud and follow signs to city center

Magic of India

After the four major exhibitions devoted to China and the extraordinary success of the exhibition dedicated to Tibet, Ca Carraresi now forms the backdrop for masterpieces of art from the ancient Indian civilization.

Through architectural elements, miniatures, vintage photographs, objects of daily and ritual use, costumes, textiles, jewelry, together with statues and reliefs from important Italian museums and private collections, this important exhibition reconstructs the main stages of the Indian civilization. Ancient and modern art works from the second millennium BC at the time of Maharajas recreate the original environment with scenic context.

Follow the two itineraries suggested by the exhibition curators - "Art in Classical India" and "The Maharajas' India." The itineraries bring two polar opposites to life – the Temple and the Court, echoing the classic Western dualism between the sacred and the profane.

The first part of the exhibition illustrates some fundamental issues of Indian culture and includes sculptures and reliefs in stone, bronze images, and ritual objects from the religious realm, along with thumbnails of related subjects, covering a time span ranging from the 2nd Millennium BC until the 17th century.

The first room is dedicated to the religions of India: The four native religions - Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism, and Sikhism, and the three imported religions - religion of the Persians, Christianity, and Islam. Then, two rooms about the myths and great epics, telling the divine stories and, particularly, the Ramayana and the Mahabharata.

The exhibition continues with the room dedicated to the relationship between India and Greece, which produced the special Gandhara art.

The extraordinary richness of the Hindu pantheon covers the five rooms in honor of the gods of India: The Goddess, Shiva, Vishnu and his incarnation on earth, Krishna. The last three rooms focus on the representation of the human body, male and female, and erotic art.

The world of the opulent courts of the Maharajas, rich and eccentric kings who impacted the European imagination, is reconstructed in the second part of the exhibition. The bright colors of the paintings and miniatures of time, the sumptuous dresses, the splendid jewels, fine guns and valuables bring this world to life. A wide section of photographs from the late 19th century and the early 20th century offers suggestive evidence of a past time.

The last part is devoted to the relations between Italy and India, whose origins date back to Roman times. There were many travelers, adventurers, and researchers who followed the "Path of the Indies" – among them the Apostle Thomas, the great Marco Polo, Niccolo Manucci, who made his fortune as a physician at the court of the Mogul. All of them were looking for an imagined India, full of wealth and amazing adventures, source of wisdom and spirituality, place of ascetic life and fine erotica. There were also those who did not ever travel to India, such as Emilio Salgari, but yet knew how to fascinate whole generations of readers with his novels.

Take this exciting journey – step into the legend of Sandokan and the fabulous era of the Maharajas, the rustle of multicolor silk and the glitter of jewels, statues of winding deities and the most valuable tapestries. You'll experience the highlights and fascinating aspects of an ancient culture, which is rapidly moving to be at the forefront of the world.

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