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For a Ravi Varma at home

Never mind if you can't have an original Ravi Varma. Here is a chance to acquire prints of the celebrated painter. An exhibition-cum-sale of antique prints of the artist is being held at Minaaz Art Gallery from today till June 22.


ALMOST a century after his death, Raja Ravi Varma lives on... through his paintings which figure in the art auctions at Christie's and Sotheby's. An original work of the artist fetches a high price at the auctions even today. An original may be unaffordable for many but a print is. A very rare exhibition-cum-sale of antique prints of the timeless artist is being held at Minaaz Art Gallery, (100, Banjara Petals, road no. 5, Banjara Hills. Tel: 23357129) from today till June 22 between 9.30 a.m. and 8 p.m.

Raja Ravi Varma, the celebrated painter-prince of India, brought on canvas myriad images - portrait, divine images and images from epics. His painting of Damayanti (looking at the swan) used to adorn the walls of old houses in the South. Ravi Varma, from the royal family of Travancore, was the first to introduce the canvas and oil colours in the country. The European influence is very evident in his works. His royal portraits are very famous. And these are mounted in many museums and art galleries.


He started a lithographic press in India in Bombay in 1894 at his own expenditure. This press facilitated printing of his paintings in large numbers. By this the prints reached many more people.

This exhibition showcases antique prints which were printed in his time under his own management. The prints are so collected that they are clear and laminated at the back side to last another century. These prints can be considered next to originals in view of their antique nature and good preservation. So do not miss this opportunity to acquire one.

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