Vishwavirat Swarupam

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Artist: A. Thirumal Rao
Year: 1935
Medium: Oleograph
Size: 30.75 x 22.75 inches (Framed)
Signature: Bottom Centre


This highly detailed image is an oleograph of Vishwavirat Swarupam by A. Thirumal Rao, from Secunderabad. It was published in 1935 by M. Thimmiah Sresty, who was himself an artist. This image depicts vishvarupa an “encompassing of all forms” of Vishnu as described in the Bhagavad Gita, when Krishna appears in his cosmic form to Arjuna. In this aspect, the deity represents the whole universe, and is the embodiment of every conceivable manifested form.
  • 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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