Presenting one of the world’s finest private collections of Indian miniature paintings, Intimate Worlds includes approximately 90 paintings and drawings created across India from before the rise of Islamic Mughal rule in the north during the 1500s to the heyday of the British Raj in the late 1800s. The exhibition’s title is taken from an invitation to “Enter Madhava’s intimate world,” part of a 12th-century devotional love poem written on one of the paintings.

Dr. Alvin O. Bellak, a Philadelphia resident, began collecting these Indian treasures in the mid-1970s. Intimate Worlds is organized by the Philadelphia Museum of Art, where Dr. Bellak serves as a trustee.

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