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Mr Peck's Pali
Photograph - Acrylic Painting
Did this one as Mr Shan Peck's female figure painting from supplied subject contest(figure 3)The bandeau top and the leaves in the hair of the model at once made me think of Amrapali the famous beauty of Vaishali Republic in ancient India who as legend has it was found in a mango orchard as an infant(my last subject was also a foundling!!). She grew up to be a great beauty and the men of the whole republic wanted to marry her!!To avoid conflict amongst her suitors she was accorded the status of Nagar Vadhu which literally translates to City bride!The King of the Hostile neighbouring Kingdom hears of her beauty and enters Vaishali in disguise and promptly falls in love with her(and they call women fickle!!) and she reciprocates his love.When she learns about his true identity she asks him to return to his Kingdom and stop his strife with Vaishali.Nevertheless inspite of her sacrifices for Vaishali she is tried for treason for consorting with the enemy king and put in Prison.When the King learns of this he destroys Vaishali.Amrapali is heartbroken and renounces the world and becomes a budhist monk,one of the first woman to do so.The background was black,as was the bandeau top but i painted the background as Amrapali's beloved Mango Orchard and the top to match the flowers in the hair also added the jewellery ,in the original there is just a hint of turquoise earings ,but in my painting i made the precious stones all' pearly' :),I thought of her taking refuge in her orchard when she is troubled by the world.Like Shakuntala i have again chosen not to paint Amrapali as the conventional beauty as she is depicted in popular culture,i really enjoyed doing her unconventional nose!!
January 17th, 2012
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