Exhibitions: Vishnu: Hinduism's Blue-Skinned Savior

In this image, Lakshmi dutifully tends to her enthroned husband while a female servant whisks away flies. An inscription on the reverse of the painting identifies the artists, one of whom, Nainsukh, is celebrated for revolutionizing painting styles in the Punjab Hills with his preference for delicate brushwork and naturalistic poses. Nainsukh’s touch is readily apparent in his depiction of the god, who has the usual straight posture and blue skin but sits in a more relaxed pose than we find in most other images.