SARASWATI by Raja Ravi Varma

It was Raja Ravi Varma who first started painting Hindu deities in a suitable form with proportionate bodies, appropriate features and ornaments in natural colours. The classic painting of Saraswati, Goddess of knowledge and wisdom, painted in 1896, is reproduced as an embellished oleograph, created using fabric and zari.

Ravi Varma maintained the description of the goddess given in the Holy Scriptures like the four hands- two holding a veena, symbolising perfection in arts and music, a conch, and a rosary in the other. Her mount, the peacock, symbolises beauty and truth. The image of Saraswati is iconic in its visualization all over the world and remains one of the most popular Raja Ravi Varma prints till today.

For patrons of Indian Art, the name Raja Ravi Varma has been familiar for more than a century. A depiction of the civilization of classical times, Ravi Varma’s style of painting played a foundational role in defining Indian imagery and left behind a brilliant legacy of academic realism.

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