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This is a painting by Raja Ravi Varma of His Highness Moolam Thirunal Rama Varma (25 September 1857 - 7 August 1924) who was ruler of Travancore from 1885 to 1924. He succeeded his uncle Maharaja Visakham Thirunal who ruled from 1880 to 1885.

Details

  • Title: Moolam Thirunal Rama Varma
  • Creator: Raja Ravi Varma
  • Date Created: 1891
  • Location: India
  • Physical Dimensions: 276 x 173 cms
  • Type: Painting
  • Original Source: Private Collection
  • Rights: Curatorial Rights: The Ganesh Shivaswamy Foundation, Bengaluru.
  • Medium: Oil on Canvas
  • Creator's Lifetime: 1848-04-29/1906-10-02
  • Creator's Biography: Raja Ravi Varma (1848-1906) was a prolific Indian artist who is recognized for his resorting to the academic realistic style of painting. His portraits of English and Indian royalty and aristocracy were well received. His paintings on Hindu religious and mythological subjects and paintings from classical and literary sources were highly sought after even during his lifetime. He painted several copies of his works and this demand led to the suggestion to have his paintings printed in the form of oleographs. The Ravi Varma Fine Art Lithographic Press was established in Bombay (now Mumbai) and commenced operations in 1894. Many of Ravi Varma's paintings were printed as chromolithographs at this Press. These chromolithographs would have a tremendous impact on religion, society and aesthetics. They went on to democratize art leading to immortalize Ravi Varma in the minds of the people of the Indian subcontinent.

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