Vishwaroop Darshan

The Raja Ravi Varma Heritage Foundation

The Raja Ravi Varma Heritage Foundation

Legend has it that Lord Krishna as a child used to eat mud. One day, his mother Yashoda catches him in the act and asks him if he was doing so. But the young Krishna nonchalantly denies eating mud. To prove it, Yashoda asks him to open his mouth. Krishna promptly does it without a moment's hesitation and reveals the Universe in his mouth, causing his mother to swoon. Captured in this reproduction is also Krishna's brother Balaram, who hides behind the curtain fearing his mother's wrath. This reproduction is a depiction of the legend of the Vishwaroopam.

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  • Title: Vishwaroop Darshan
  • Location Created: The Raja Ravi Varma Heritage Foundation, Bengaluru
  • Physical Dimensions: 35 x 50 cm
  • Type: Reproduction
  • Rights: The Raja Ravi Varma Heritage Foundation, Bengaluru
  • Labels and Inscriptions: Ravi Varma Press, Karla, Lonavala
  • 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.