hindu-art

A prince with his beloved, miniature pasted on cardboard, India, Amber and Jaipur, first half of the 18th century, 24.5 × 18.9 cm, The David Collection [Davids Samling], Copenhagen, Denmark. The style is clearly influenced by Mughal art, and it is suggested that the monumental painting is a posthumous portrait of the Great Mughal Shah Jahan’s eldest son and heir apparent Dara Shukoh and his wife Nadira Banu Begum, source: davidmus.dk. The David Collection [Davids Samling] is a museum of fine and applied art in Copenhagen, Denmark, built around the private collections of lawyer, businessman and art collector C. L. David [Christian Ludvig David] (1878–1960), source: en.wikipedia.org.

Śiva Gañgādhara

Lord Śiva as Gañgādhara, the one who holds Gañgā.

The four-armed figure of Lord Śiva, with the river-goddess Gañgā trapped in his mighty locks, the sage-king Bhagīratha, is seem as a small figure kneeling in obeisance and offering flowers in prayer. Lord Śiva is depicted sitting calm immovable even as the mighty torrent of water swirls amidst his matted locks. The forceful agitated movement of the immense river juxtaposed with the yogic stillness and repose of Lord ‘Siva Mahādeva – the great God, is beautifully captured.

Painting by Indra Sharma (1923 – 2006), one of the most famous and celebrated Indian artist focusing on religious art.