When you visit an art gallery, what’re your thoughts? Are you excited to be in between of exquisite paintings or are you a bit of unsure of how you are going to explore the art gallery?

You may like some artwork but is dubious about how to start a conversation or where to enquire.

IMHO, if anyone is visiting an oil painting gallery or any of such kind, then it’s important to enjoy.

This is the reason I am jotting down this blog, in order to ensure you have an exciting and profitable visit to an art gallery. If it’s your first visit, then thank God you are on this blog, because now, you are going to have one impeccable experience.

Let’s take a look:

It’s ok to be choosy

While exploring the gallery, if you are not sure about what you are looking for, observing each painting becomes quite an onerous task. A visit to an art gallery is meant to offer enjoyment, not stress.

So, instead of covering all the paintings in the gallery, follow a selective subject matter, style or genre of art. This way, you will be more focused on the specific artworks that in turn, makes you get a better knack for the paintings you like.

Use these artworks to blend in with the other paintings in the gallery. Slowly you will get in a good touch with all the paintings in the gallery.

If it’s a big art gallery, do not forget to take a quick look at the gallery’s room maps at the beginning itself. This will aid you in getting a head start and identify the area you will be more emphasised on.

Prepare a tale

What’s the point of visiting an oil painting gallery and coming out with no information about any of the artwork?

Being an art aficionado, make sure to gather information about the paintings you can make a connection with. Find out on what sort of themes these paintings are based on. Get to know about the focal point of the subject matter and look in what context the artwork is made on the theme.

Attain the information about the technique that is utilised in the creation of the artwork.  What are the materials used and how are the brush strokes? Find what sort of shades and patterns an artist meant to display using this technique.

Learn about the artist. Who, why, what and where are the essential information about the artist.

See in what reference the artists made such painting.

Collecting all this information will make you create a story that is going to help you in making buying decisions.

Take a guided tour

Quite a few art galleries offer the service of guided tours to provide assistance to the visitors. For newbies, a guided tour is a great way to start the art gallery visit.

Go with a friend

What is the better way of visiting someplace? Getting a company Of course and if the person accompanying you is your friend, the trip becomes much fun.

Therefore, I recommend the art lovers to visit the art gallery with your friend. The visit will become much adventurous and you can remember it for much better reasons.



Nataraja: Shiva, the Lord of Dance

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Have you seen the depiction of great Lord Shiva in magnificent artworks crafted by several artists throughout the period of time?

You must have. The most known of all forms of Shiva is the Nataraja.

The dancing figure of Shiva has become a source of theme for numerous artists. In the head office of CERN in Switzerland, the artefact of Nataraja is placed at the entrance only.

Even in various Lord Shiva paintings, this form has been exhibited beautifully.

Do you have any idea about the essence of this form of Shiva?

If no, this is the blog you should read. In the least words I am going to throw light on the hidden meaning of Nataraja form of Shiva.

Shiva: The lord of dance

Do not misinterpret by the tagline ‘lord of dance’ by imagining Lord Shiva as a choreographer or something like that.

Yes, he was a choreographer, but not of some dance form but of the universe.

The dance he is depicted doing in all the artworks is known as the cosmic dance or also known as the ‘tandava’.

This dance form is supposed to both create and destroy the universe. If you get a chance to witness this exquisite form of Shiva in any of the artwork, just notice the bend knees.

The bend knees and the exorbitant spread out of the hairs are known to reflect the wildness and energy that is involved in the cosmic dance.

Artists ensure to depict the Omni-present aspect of Lord Shiva by exhibiting a skull, a crescent moon and a datura blossom in his locks.

One of the most intriguing aspects of the Lord Shiva paintings is the personification of Ganga from his locks. The famous tale goes like when Shiva made Ganga come down to earth calmly by allowing her to flow through his hairs.

Another interesting factor is the numerous hands shown in the manifestation of Nataraja form of Lord Shiva.

One of the hand is holding damru representing Shiva is dancing on his own tunes. Damru also signifies that it was the holy sound of drums that led to the creation of entire universe as we know it.

Few of the artists also signified Damru as an hour glass showing Shiva controls time.

The beat of the damru or drum is assumed to be the core of the cosmos and is represented as Maya.

In another hand, Shiva is shown holding Agni, the fire (divine) that will ultimately sweep out the entire universe.

Another hand of Shiva shows a specific stature known as Abhaya mudra. This is considered as a gesture to provide blessings as per Hinduism.

This mudra or gesture is supposed to trim down all fear and make us calm.

Lord Shiva paintings depict this deity’s another hand points towards his left foot which is in Gaja hasta mudra. This gesture represents salvation and liberation.

Final words

The grace of Nataraja form of Lord Shiva is immense and I have tried to decipher few of the interpretations of this magnificent physical manifestation. For more updates like this, stay tuned.