Raja Ravi Varma (1848-1906) was born in Kilimanoor Palace as the
son of Umamba Thampuratti and Neelakandan Bhattathiripad. At the age
of seven years he started drawing on the palace walls using charcoal.
His uncle Raja Raja Varma noticed the talent of the child and gave
preliminary lessons on painting. At the age of 14, Ayilyam Thirunal
Maharaja took him to Travancore Palace and he was taught water painting
by the palace painter Rama Swamy Naidu. After 3 years Theodor Jenson,
a British painter taught him oil painting.
Most of Ravi Varma's paintings are based on Hindu epic stories and
characters. In 1873 he won the First Prize at the Madras Painting
Exhibition. He became a world famous Indian painter after winning
in 1873 Vienna Exhibition.
Here we have collected some of the classic paintings of Raja Ravi
Collection of Oil Paintings done by
Raja Ravi Varma