The epics of Homer, the wars
of Caesar, and temples and palaces characterize the image of classic
antiquity and the cultures of ancient Greece and the Roman Empire.
They are the sources from which the Western world draws the
foundations of its philosophy, literature, and, not least of all,
its state organization. The Greek city-states, above all Athens,
were the birthplace of democracy. The regions surrounding the
Mediterranean Sea and great parts of Northwest Europe were forged
together into the Roman Empire, which survived until the time of the
Great Migration of Peoples. Mighty empires also existed beyond the
ancient Mediterranean world, however, such as those of the Mauryas
in India and the Han in China.
Raja Ravi Varma (April 29, 1848- October 2, 1906) was an
Indian painter from present day Kerala who achieved recognition for his
depiction of scenes from the epics of the Mahabharata and Ramayana. His
paintings are considered to be among the best examples of the fusion of
Indian traditions with the techniques of European academic art.
Varma is most remembered for his paintings of beautiful sari clad
women, who were portrayed as very shapely and graceful. His exposure in
the west came when he won the first prize in Vienna Art Exhibition in
1873. After a successful career as a painter, Raja Ravi Varma died in
1906 at the age of 58. He is generally considered as one among the
greatest painters in the history of Indian art.
Lord Krishna as Ambassador
Yashoda decorating Krishna
Descent of Ganger
Shakuntala writes to Dushyanta
Jatayu, a bird devotee of Lord Rama is mauled by Rawana
Victory of Meghanada
Lord Rama Conquers Varuna
Lord Krishna and Balaram Liberating their Parents from Kansa's Prison
Arjuna as a Sanyasi
Shantanu and Satyavati
Draupadi and Simhika
Draupadi carrying milk honey
Godess Saraswathi playing Tambura on a river
Yashoda and Krishna
Lord Muruga and family
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