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Lord Vishnu on Garuda
Title Lord Vishnu on Garuda
Museum Name National Gallery of Modern Art, Bengaluru
Gallery Name Reserve Collection
Object Type Painting
Main Material Tempera on Paper
Main Artist Unknown
School Rajput
Dimensions 16.5 cm x 25 cm
Brief Description Estimated to have originated around the late 16th century in Rajasthan, Rajput miniature painting developed as an off-shoot of the Mughal miniature painting tradition. A form that was used largely to illustrate manuscripts and texts, Rajput painting, in its essence, portrays a desire to depict human love. Love in the form of devotion, lust, courtship, passion, desire, or music can be witnessed through intricately detailed paintings that combine lyrical charm with a subtle narrative visual language. A painting done in the Rajput miniature style this painting shows a centrally located Lord Vishnu riding a Garuda - his vaahan or vehicle. On his lap is a seated woman -most likely to be his consort Lakshmi. Surrounding the Lord are eight standing male figure, painted in profile. The people seem to be moving as if in procession. Vishnu holds a bow and arrow, a sword like weapon, a conch in his many hands.