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Mohini or The Temptress

Ravi Varma Press1890

Raja Ravi Varma Heritage Foundation

Raja Ravi Varma Heritage Foundation
Bengaluru, India

The female avatar of Vishnu, Mohini is the epitome of beauty and allure. Nothing can stand in her way and no person can resist her charms. Vishnu takes the form of Mohini and hoodwinks the asuras into giving away the amrita (the nectar of immortality) before rightfully handing it to the Devas. Mohini literally means 'delusion personified' and is famed for casting a spell or maya which gives rise to the term Maya-Mohini. It is reflected in the slaying of another demon, Bhasmasura who falls for charms.

Details

  • Title: Mohini or The Temptress
  • Creator: Ravi Varma Press
  • Date Created: 1890
  • Physical Dimensions: 35 x 50 cms
  • Type: Reproduction
  • Original Source: From the Sandeep & Gitanjali Maini Foundation
  • Rights: Raja Ravi Varma Heritage Foundation, Bengaluru
  • Medium: Print
  • Art Genre: Print
  • Labels and Inscriptions: Ravi Varma Press, Karla, Lonavala
  • Creator's Lifetime: 1848-04-29/1906-10-02
  • Collection: Raja Ravi Varma Heritage Foundation, Bengaluru
  • 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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