Nature in Art Section
In the history of Indian Art, there is ample evidence of how Nature has been a guiding principle in artistic expressions through the ages. Whatever exists in Nature is not art, but Nature invariably exists in art. A distinction is always made between a natural phenomenon and its visualization through an artistic medium. Man does not imitate nature in the sense of copying things verbatim, but follows the attributes and nuances of Nature. The conceptualization of the visual is the keynote of his activity, and this is obtained through his response to the world of Nature. Artistic expression of man is not a monologue; it is a discourse between Nature and himself.
Nature in Art section
In The Natural History Museum building, there is a section displaying the various artistic evidence of the above fact. It has some very interesting visuals related to the depiction of Nature in art in various mediums from the collection of the Museum including the medium of embroidery art. As many as 62 items of embroidery deal with the various forms available in Nature. These items were made over the years by Shri Joginder Singh Sekhon and donated to the museum. Usually embroidery is relegated to the status of craft. But a glimpse through these pieces of embroidery will give an evidence of the fact that, quite frequently, craftsmanship of high aesthetic sensibility, as in the present case, provides evidence of a great creative mind. H.E. Lt. Gen. J.F.R. Jacob, PVSM (Retd.), Governor of Punjab and Administrator, Union Territory, Chandigarh has gifted 12 litho prints of 19th century A.D. for display in this section.