...the importance of recovering the customs and the institutions of the past thus inaugurating the archaeological approach to art
Varma spoke on the occasion of the exhibition of his painting of the Sabine Woman who were supposed to have inspired him .Mitter, Partha (1994). Art and Nationalism in Colonial India, 1850-1922: Occidental Orientations. Cambridge University Press. ISBN 978-0-521-44354-8.
Who knows if these very pictures, now painted for maharajas, will not find their way to the museums one day.Raja Ravi Varma