Raja Ravi Varma (1848–1906): Hindu deity Kartikeya with his

Raja Ravi Varma (1848–1906): Hindu deity Kartikeya with his

4/17/2021, 12:30:27 PM
Raja Ravi Varma (1848–1906): Hindu deity Kartikeya with his wives; or Murugan with his consorts on his Vahana peacock Raja Ravi Varma was a celebrated Indian painter and artist who achieved recognition for his depiction of scenes from the epics of the Mahabharata and Ramayana. He is considered among the greatest painters in the history of Indian art. His works are held to be among the best examples of the fusion of European techniques with a purely Indian sensibility. While continuing the tradition and aesthetics of Indian art, his paintings employed the latest European academic art techniques of the day. Karthikeya ( Murugan, Skanda and Subramaniyam or Shanmukha ) is the Hindu god of war. He is the Commander-in-Chief of the army of the devas and the primary deity of the Kaumaram sect of Hinduism. Pictured on his peacock mount, Shanmukha or the six-faced Karthikeya is also the elder son of Shiva and Parvati. Here, Ravi Varma has depicted Shanmukha flanked by his two wives, Valli and Devasena, while the snake he is frequently associated with lies at their feet. The group is framed by the magnificent plumage of Shanmukha's peacock, which symbolizes the deity's victory.

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