Narasimha and Lakshmi

by K.S. Siddalinga Swami
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Year: 1930s
Medium: Oleograph
Size: 21.75 x 15.5 inches (Framed)
Signature: Bottom Right


This is an oleograph of Narasimha and Lakshmi by the artist Siddalingaswamy (Shilpi Siddalinga Swami) of Mysore. It was published by Brijbasi F.A.O. Works, Mathura in the early 1900s. Narasimha is the fourth avatar of Vishnu, who incarnates in the form of part lion and part man to destroy evil and end religious persecution and calamity on earth. He symbolizes divine strength and valour. Vishnu assumed this form to protect his devotee Prahlada, pictured on the left, from the persecutions of his father. Lakshmi, depicted seated on the right, is the Goddess of wealth, fortune, love, beauty, and prosperity. She is both the wife and divine female energy (shakti) of Vishnu. Above them, between two angels, is the protective snake Shesha - the thousand-headed cosmic serpent whose heads support the earth, the creatures on it, and the heavenly spheres.
Sri Shilpi Siddanthi Siddalinga Swami (1885-1952), was a royal guru of the Mysore State and of Maharaja Jayachamarajendra Wadiyar of Mysore. He was also a prominent painter, sculptor, architect and writer, known for his contribution to Mysore painting and architecture.
  • ABOUT Oleographs

    Oleographs, also called chromolithographs, are multi-colour art prints, stemming from the process of lithography. Pioneered in the 1830s, the process of producing oleographs came into wide commercial use in the 1860s. The technique relied on using several woodblocks or stones with colours for printing, while hand-colouring remained an important aspect as well. Depending on the number of colours present, an oleograph could take months to produce by very skilled workers. Poor preservation and cheaper printing alternatives have made oleographs hard to find. Today, they are mainly used as fine art.

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