Visit to Rama
11 1/8 x 15 3/8 in. (28.3 x 39.1 cm)
Unknown, Indian, Punjab Hills, Kangra School,
Medium and Support:
opaque watercolor, gold on paper
Partial Gift of Brother Daniel Burke
From the label for "Poetic Visions: Indian Art from the Permanent Collection", Co-Curated by Mekala Krishnan and Klare Scarborough, La Salle University Art Museum, December 17, 2014-February 27, 2015:
This painting depicts a scene from the popular Hindu epic Ramayana. While this is a religious story about Rama, an avatar of the god Vishnu, the narrative also addresses ideals of kingship and royal power. Here Rama (identified by his blue skin) and his brother, wearing their royal crowns, visit an important holy man for guidance. The image uses continuous narrative to depict this scene: the main characters are shown more than once in the picture plane, indicating their movement in the timeline of the story. This device is used again in the next section.