Sri Prasanna Shankara

by K.S. Siddalinga Swami
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Year: 1932
Press: Ravi Varma Press
Medium: Oleograph
Size: 22 x 16 inches (Framed)
Signature: Bottom Right


This is an oleograph of Sri Prasanna Shankara by the artist Siddalinga Swamy (Shilpi Siddalinga Swami) of Mysore. It has been made in the Ravi Varma Press, Malavali in 1932. The image depicts Shiva Prasanna (prassana means happily) seated on a throne surrounded by his ganas and devotees. Nandi is shown touching Shiva’s foot to the left and Ganesh stands in the lower right.
K S Siddalingaswamy (1885-1952) worked for the Ravi Varma Press. He was a guru and adviser to the Maharaja of Mysore, as well as renowned sculptor, architect, writer and painter. A number of his paintings are in the Durbar Hall of the Mysore Palace.
  • 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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