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Mahabharata – A Strange Charioteer£ 180.00 – £ 710.00 BUY
This painting is set within a fabulous landscape, the beautiful town of Dwarka – the kingdom of Lord Krishna. The painting captures the moment lovers flee the town. The excitement of two souls running away in full complicity with one another. But the story is deeper than a runaway chariot driven by a strange charioteer.
A woman named Subhadra, Krishna’s sister, and beside her, Krishna’s best friend Arjuna. Subhadra is promised to another and therefore she planned for Arjuna to kidnap her. They break through the doorway of the city, the guards are pushed aside, as their duty fails short of their destiny.
The artist captured the energy of the moment by depicting the dynamic movement of galloping horses through the city, which is the main focus of this scene.
Mahabharata – In the Tent£ 155.00 – £ 705.00 BUY
The composition and the distribution of the light recall the expressive language of the Italian Baroque period and the atmosphere is inspired by Caravaggio. The dramatic chiaroscuro charges with solemnity the tragic moment that heralds the death of Abhimanyu, the young champion of the Pandava army.
Coloured figurines of soldiers are deployed on the strategic plan, carefully studied by generals. The sharp dark and light enhances the concept that rationality in war has a very relative control over the outcome of the war, other qualities like wrath, courage, strength, resistance and hate contribute strongly to the fulfilment of the destiny. A dramatic sense of the game between karma – destiny – and free will permeate the scene.
Mahabharata – Parthasarathi£ 155.00 – £ 755.00 BUY
This is the very heart of Mahabharata, this is the moment that decides how the game will be played. This is the very moment upon which the entire Mahabharata has been written.
The majestic chariot enters the battlefield of Kurukshetra, where the armies are lined up, ready to clash. In these circumstances, Krishna reveals to his friend and devotee Arjuna the secret of Vedic knowledge. The fundamentals of wisdom are conveyed, as he speaks of truth and deception, illusion and reality, virtue, passion and ignorance. The deeper aspects of the psyche, the transcendental nature of the self, the relationship with the Godhead and with other living beings, all come to light very clearly in this dialogue whispered in front of the two armies, and recorded in the Bhagavad Gita (the song of God), one of the primary texts of mankind’s spiritual history.
Mahabharata – Shoot him Now – Arjuna£ 150.00 – £ 695.00 BUY
Arjuna, son of Indra – the King of the Gods, was the celebrated hero of the Mahabharata. He was a demi-God and possessed admirable virtues such as courage, wisdom, a strong belief in duty and right action.
Here, he is portrayed in the act of shooting a deadly arrow with his divine Gandiva bow, a weapon that terrified the enemy by just looking at. The contrasts between the black and white tones – two extreme points on the light spectrum, enhance the splendour of gold ornaments and emphasise the powerful figure of the great hero.
Mahabharata – The Choice£ 160.00 – £ 790.00 BUY
It is the eve of the great battle of Kurukshetra, when the whole Mahabharata epic is about to be resolved. Sitting on His bed, Krishna announces that He is not going to side with either opponent. He leaves them the choice as to whether to incorporate his powerful personal army into their ranks, or to have Him alone, unarmed and in a secondary role.
Duryodhana, chief of the Kurus, has no hesitation in picking Krishna’s army, where as the Panadavas only desire was to have their dear friend Govinda, Krishna on their side. They are fully convinced that His mere presence on their side will ensure them final victory.
So it is, that Krishna accepts the humble role of driver of Arjuna’s chariot, and thus comes to be known as Parthasarathi.
Mahabharata – The Pandavas were cheated£ 155.00 – £ 770.00 BUY
At the bottom of the steps to the throne, in the middle of the royal room, a tremendous contest happened: it decided the destiny of the Pandava brothers and triggered the tragic event of the Kurukshetra war. The Pandavas are defrauded of royal rights and all belongings by their closest relatives with a rigged game of dice.
Regal dresses hide evil and dishonest personalities. The artist showed mischievous and sinister expressions on the faces of the devious uncle, Shakuni – an expert in the game of dice, and Duryodhana. He wanted to show, expressively, the two very opposing moods of the moment. Arjuna’s resignation, as he knows they are about to lose the contest, and King Yudhishthira’s display of anxiety, for the last throw in the game, where he knows he will lose everything.
Mahabharata – The Young Hero£ 150.00 – £ 665.00 BUY
The intense and poignant moment of the death of Abhimanyu. Enemies strongly desired his death and they killed him by deception and betrayal. Surrounded and pierced by innumerable arrows, Abhimanyu stoically fights to his last breath. The young hero’s expected and untimely death enhances his valiant glory.
The artist deliberately seeks to capture the adolescent prowess of the invincible Abhimanyu. Although the body is well shaped and toned, the proportions of the head are slightly larger compared to the body, not unlike the sculpture of David by Michelangelo, thus reflecting the typical physique of a young man not yet in his twenties.
Mahabharata – Towards Badrika Ashram£ 160.00 – £ 785.00 BUY
Brotherhood and love were such that all the brothers and divine Mother Kunti walked a very long trip to the Himalayan mountains to reach a sacred site called Badrika Ashram. Their brother Arjuna was waiting for them there, after so many adventures that lead him even as far as heavenly planets to meet his father Lord Indra – the King of the Gods. He also received boons, such as the legendary bowl that you can see in detail in another painting.
The landscaping, the heavenly and gorgeous view, the small characters, enhance the mystery of the invisible and the spirit of adventurous life.