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    Sale 12471

    Arts of India

    26 May 2016, London, King Street

  • Lot 34

    VALLABHACHARYA'S VISION ON THE BANK OF THE YAMUNA

    NATHDWARA, NORTH INDIA, CIRCA 1850

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    VALLABHACHARYA'S VISION ON THE BANK OF THE YAMUNA
    NATHDWARA, NORTH INDIA, CIRCA 1850
    Opaque pigments heightened with gold on paper, the holy man sits on a white mat trimmed with gold, his face with a gold halo, Krishna as Shri Nathji appears before him together with Balarama and another infant, peacocks and peahens around, surrounded by luxuriant trees inhabited with birds, the silver Yamuna in the foreground, in trimmed yellow borders
    9? x 12 5/8in. (23.1 x 32.1cm.)


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    Vallabhacharya is the founder of the Pushtimarg, or Path of Grace, a Vaishanava equalitarian sect centered on the life of Lord Krishna as described in 10th book of the Bhagavata-purana. Vallabhacharya was born in a Brahmin family of religious scholars in South India in the late 15th century. After his philosophical and religious education he is said to have debated with and defeated scholars and philosophers at the court of Vijayanagara before performing three pilgrimages in India during which he spread the creed of Pushtimarg and experienced an apparition of Shrinatji, a manifestation of Krishna, at Mount Govardhan.

    In his vision, Vallabhacharya sees three toddlers crawling towards him: the blue-skinned Krishna, a golden-skinned boy who is yet to be born and Balarama, Krishna's elder brother. Vallabha's wife gave birth to two sons: Gopinathji, who was beleived to be Krishna's brother Balarama, reborn, and Vittalnathji who was said to be Krishna himself. Vittalnathji eventually succeeded his father. For a related version of this vision see Madhuvanti Ghose (ed.): Gates of the Lord. The Tradition of Krishna Paintings. Chicago, 2015, p.72, no.9.

    Provenance

    Acquired prior to 1991


    Literature

    Joachim Bautze, Die Welt der hofischen Malerei, Stuttgart, 1995, p.174, no. 158


    Exhibited

    Die Welt der hofischen Malerei, Stuttgart