A collector’s work of art, this Lord Venkateshvara composition is one-of-a-kind. A manifestation of Lord Mahavishnu, He is the presiding deity of the busiest pilgrimage of the South, the temple of Tirumala Venkateshvara located in Tirupati. As such, He occupies pride of place in the walls and poojana-kakshas (altars) of numerous Indian homes._x000D_The Lord Venkateshvara painting that you see on this page would be the perfect addition to yours. The stately central figure is overlain with a world of garland offerings, His fine limbs and divine gaze visible through the complex water-colour work. His aureole is designed faithfully after the style of South Indian temple architecture, at the zenith of which is the kirtimukham motif. Across the panel immediately above the aureole are the ten powerful avataras (dashavatara) of Lord Vishnu._x000D_Surrounding the same are circular-shaped, evenly spaced out panels depicting Krishnalila, episodes from the eventful life of Lord Krishna. Zoom in on the dashavatara and the Krishnalila panels, each of which has been painted with superb precision despite the scale of the work. A colour palette of dusky brown and gold and bits of pristine silver conveys the majesty of Lord Venkateshvara.
Water Color Painting on Tussar Silk
Folk Art From The Temple Town Puri (Orissa)Artist: Rabi Behra
31 inch x 41 inch
Patachitra of Orissa
Patachitra or the icon paintings of Orissa occupy an important status among the many art forms centered around the temple of Puri. For the painted surface, the chitrakar community of painters utilises a gauze like fine cotton cloth, coated with a cooked solution of powdered tamarind seed, chalk and gum and subsequently smoothened.
The paintings are executed primarily in profile with highly elongated eyes within a floral border. There are few landscapes and the scenes are depicted in a foreground closely juxtaposed together.
Highly stylized paintings of the Puri temple and scenes from the epics, Ramayana and Mahabharata, figure along with the predominant painting of Lord Jagannath, a form of Krishna, with his older brother Balarama and sister Subhadra.