Drawing inspiration from the grand architectural style of the Royal Palace of Mysore, The Leela Palace Bengaluru is built in an art-deco form, adorned with copper domes, arches, and ornate ceilings that reflect the grandeur of palaces of a bygone era.
Sculptures that adorn many Hindu Temples like the mythical creature, Yali, often sculpted on pillars and portrayed as part lion, part elephant and part horse, inspire the architecture at The Leela Palace Bengaluru evoking the South Indian temple architecture of the 16th Century. Sometimes described as a leogryph (part lion and part griffin), with some bird-like features, this sculpture forms a perfect backdrop as you meander through the gardens and soak in the historic grandeur of the palace architecture.
A reproduction of a watercolour originally painted by Franz Xaver Winterhalter (Queen Victoria's favourite artist who commissioned the painting in 1854) of the then 11-year-old Princess Victoria Gowramma, daughter of Chikka Veerarajendra, the last Rajah of Coorg, holding a bible, in sepia with embellished stonework adorns the walls of the Palace. This version is painted by self-taught Indian painter, Bhim Singh Hada. Also painted by the same artist, is a fine depiction of two members of the royal family of Mysore, the Wadiyar brothers, and a few masterpieces including one of the Maharaja of Mysore, Chamarajendra Wadiyar, and one of Lord Cornwallis taking the sons of Tipu Sultan as hostages.
Other noteworthy pieces of artwork include a reproduction painting of the Muhammad Ali Khan the Nawab of Arcot, with the original painting by Tilly Kettle (painted between 1772-1776) which can be found in the Victoria and Albert Museum and a silver and brass scroll used as a communicative tool which contained confidential information, used by the kings during the royal era. Art at The Leela Palace Bengaluru seamlessly blends into the architecture to create a unique and distinctive sense of place.