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One of the most powerful and revered warrior kings, Shivaji is a hero to the Marathas. Skilful, intelligent and supremely well trained in warfare, Shivaji defined the legacy of Maratha Empire during his reign between 1630-1680. This is a characteristic scene of Shivaji, astride regally on a horse as he troops out with his army of soldiers in one of his many conquests. Shivaji's work by Ravi Varma came in for high praise for the artist had merely heard of his exploits yet managed to bring out the warrior king, who was crowned Chhatrapati (Monarch) in the most stunningly, perfect manner.

Details

  • Title: Shivaji
  • Creator: Ravi Varma Press
  • Date Created: 1890
  • Physical Dimensions: 31 x 46 cm
  • Type: Reproduction
  • Original Source: From the Sandeep & Gitanjali Maini Foundation
  • Rights: Raja Ravi Varma Heritage Foundation, Bengaluru
  • Art Form: Print
  • Labels and Inscriptions: Ravi Udaya Vijaya Press, Ghatkopar
  • Creator's Lifetime: 1848-04-29/1906-10-02
  • 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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