Ritudhwaj Meets Madalasa

by Raja Ravi Varma
(inclusive of taxes)


Size: 22 x 16 inches
Material: Oleograph
Condition: Some staining; small tear on lower right side
Signature: Signed by Ravi Varma


Prince Ritudhwaj was full of sorrow at being separated from his wife, Madalasa, who he believed to be deceased. When he was granted a wish of seeing his wife, the prince fainted. Upon regaining his consciousness, he stepped forward to touch her, but King Ashwatar stopped him, cautioning that she was not real, and would vanish as soon as he touched her. Hearing this, Ritudhwaj once again lost his consciousness. Seeing the pitiable condition of the prince, Ashwatar helped reunite Ritudhwaj and Madalasa. 

This artwork from the 1930-40s is signed by the artist, Raja Ravi Varma. There are some stains towards the bottom and left sides, as well as two spots towards the top, in the sky. There is a small tear on the lower right side.

  • ABOUT Raja Ravi Varma

    Raja Ravi Varma (1848-1906) was a celebrated Indian artist, famous for his realistic portrayal of Indian gods, goddesses and mythological characters, in scenes adapted mainly from the Mahabharata, Ramayana and the Puranas.

    Considered to be one of the greatest painters in the history of Indian art, Ravi Varma fused European techniques with a pure Indian sensibility. Though a protégé of royalty, Raja Ravi Varma was the first to make prints (or lithographs) of his artworks affordable and easily available, bringing fine art to the masses. In fact, the Raja Ravi Varma Press was started in Mumbai by him in 1894, and managed by his brother Raja Varma, before being bought over by a German company. 

    An original 1890 Ravi Varma oil on canvas, titled 'Radha In The Moonlight' was sold for a whopping Rs. 20 crores at a Pundole auction in November 2016.

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  • 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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