Asoka, who by the white stucco of his fame made spotless the universe by Abanindranath Tagore

Asoka, who by the white stucco of his fame made spotless the universe - Abanindranath Tagore -

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TitleAsoka, who by the white stucco of his fame made spotless the universe
ArtistAbanindranath Tagore
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About Asoka, who by the white stucco of his fame made spotless the universe

Abanindranath Tagore was a distinguished Indian artist known for his contributions to the Bengal School of Art. He is credited with revitalizing traditional Moghul and Rajput styles to counter the influences of Western art. One of Abanindranath’s notable religious paintings is “Asoka, who by the white stucco of his fame made spotless the universe.” The print is based on an original painting held in the Royal Collection at Windsor Castle. The painting depicts Queen Asoka, gracefully standing in front of a Buddhist monument located at Sanchi, built during her husband King Asoka’s reign. The painting has striking features and intricate details showcasing Abanindranath’s talent utilizing vibrant shades with wispy strokes that provide depth to each element. It highlights the queen while capturing her elegance and imposing nature creating an impact on viewers. Abanindranath’s works did well to demonstrate how cultural influences could shape artistic expressions, such as conveying spirituality through religion-inspired illustrations. Further notable paintings by Abanindranath include “The Passing of Shah Jahan” and “Tissarakshita, Queen of Asoka,” which explore similar themes using different settings. This painting stands out as iconic art representing the traditional style of Moghul artwork mixed with contemporary aesthetics meshing together commendably and sparking inspiration for future artists from India.

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