Tuesday, June 5, 2018
01 Works, RELIGIOUS ART - Interpretation of Hindu mythology, With Footnotes - 98
Raja Ravi Varma, 1848 -1906
Untitled (Tillottama), c. 1896
Oil on canvas
20 x 13¼ in. (50.8 x 33.5 cm.)
Tilottama is a Apsaras, celestial nymphs, from Hindu mythology. In the epic Mahabharata, Tilottama was created at Brahma's request by using the best possible assets to create an almost perfect being. Her purpose was to bring about the destruction of the two Asuras (demons) named Sunda and Upasunda who were brothers and could not be destroyed by anyone except themselves. As their atrocities grew, the God Indra sent Tilottama to them. So captivated were they by her beauty that the jealous brothers fought over her and ended up killing each other. This painting portrays her descent through the skies down to earth, most likely after her creation.
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