By Harjit Lalli
The Colombo National Museum has given a home to the work of several artists over many a decade including S.P. Charles and L.T.P Manjsuri.
The gallery which consists of two halls, contains a collection of copies of Kandyan and country paintings from Degaldoruva, Hangala, Hanguranketa and Kelaniya.
The oldest copy, the Sigiriya Apsaras, originally painted in the 5th century AC shows a gold complexioned lady and a dark complexioned lady in a three quarter view.
Other fine pieces of work include the Lion, executed by M.M Dayananda and holds its place within the Bali collection, representing a central element of the tradition in Sri Lanka.
The most striking work is that from the Primitive/ Veddah period, which are cave paintings supposedly drawn by veddahs.
These paintings designate an established style from the pre-historic period, representing humans and animals.