Raja Ravi Varma

The royal who became the most iconic Indian artist of all time (1848-1906)

In partnership with

Raja Ravi Varma Heritage FoundationSalar Jung MuseumThe Ganesh Shivaswamy FoundationMuseum of Art & PhotographyNational Gallery of Modern ArtVictoria Memorial Hall, Kolkata
and 3 more collections

5 Things to Know About Raja Ravi Varma

He's one of India's greatest ever painters, but do you know the details?

The artist who filled our homes with color

Raja Ravi Varma brought color to the people with his pioneering mass printing in India

See Varma's rainbow

Explore Raja Ravi Varma's art through color

Side by side

Photographer G Venket Ram recreates some of Ravi Varma's iconic works in photographs

Through the looking glass

How Ravi Varma mirrored every day life in his art

8 Powerful Emotions Painted by Raja Ravi Varma

Experience the full emotional spectrum with India's master of mood

Can you pick out the petals?

Spot the flowers in Ravi Varma's works

Are you a Teacher or Parent?

A downloadable lesson plan that can be used by teachers in class or by students to work through at their own pace

The Life and Art of Raja Ravi Varma