Yashoda is milking a cow when the infant Krishna comes over to demand his share of the milk. Raja Ravi Varma painted several paintings of the infant Krishna and Yashoda. In this painting, the cow, although is in the background, is a prominent feature. The earliest reference to this painting is in a book by S. N. Joshi "Half-Tone Reprints of the Renowned Pictures of the Late Raja Ravi Varma" printed in 1911 where this painting bears the title "Milching a Cow". A chromolithograph of from this painting was printed at the Ravi Varma Press with the title "Yashoda Krishna"


  • Title: Yashoda and Krishna
  • Creator: Raja Ravi Varma
  • Location: India
  • Physical Dimensions: 89.4x 72 cms
  • Type: Painting
  • Original Source: Collection of Ashish Anand
  • 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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