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Sayajirao was introduced to Ravi Varma by his mentor Dewan Sir Madhaa Rao and in doing so, sparked off a connection between the ruler and the artist that would last a long time. Little wonder that Sayajirao and Baroda would go on to become one of Ravi Varma's biggest benefactors and the artist would travel back there repeatedly on several commissions.

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  • Title: Maharaja Sayajirao III At His Investiture
  • Creator: Raja Ravi Varma
  • Creator Lifespan: 1848-04-29/1906-10-02
  • Creator Death Place: Kilimanoor, Kerala
  • Creator Birth Place: Kilimanoor, Kerala
  • Date Created: 1882
  • Location Created: Baroda, India
  • Physical Dimensions: 58.6 x 94 inches
  • Original Source: Maharaja Fateh Singh Museum, Vadodara
  • Medium: Oil on canvas
  • Collection: Maharaja Fatehsingh Museum, Vadodara
  • About the Artist: Raja Ravi Varma (1848-1906), India’s foremost artist, who took art to the masses, hailed from Kilimanoor, in the erstwhile state of Travancore. From a very young age, Ravi Varma, was drawn towards art, imbibing techniques from his uncle and mentor Raja Raja Varma and his mother, Umayamba Bayi, a poet in her own right. Varma was much sought after by the Royals and owing to his popularity and reputation, his spectacular and richly-textured works were prolific. His realistic portrayals of contemporary figures and interpretations of religious and mythological figures fetched him instant and enduring success, lifting his standing in the art world. If the Royals and his countrymen were in awe of this great talent, the international world was spellbound by his imagination and creativity. He ensured that art would be accessible to all, through reproductions of his paintings which were made available, and affordable to everyone.

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