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),
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.