1820: Vishnu as Vishvarupa

Vishnu as Vishvarupa

Jaipur, India – Vishnu as Vishvarupa (1800-1820); “this striking painting shows the blue-skinned Hindu god Vishnu in his form as the Universal Man or Vishvarupa, which means ‘all forms’. The small figures painted on his body refer to his role as encompassing all of creation. He has four arms, each holding one of Vishnu’s attributes; a conch shell, a lotus flower, a mace and the circular weapon called Sudarshana chakra (meaning ‘beautiful discus’).” (source)

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