Can some one explain this painting of Fire God with people watching? looks like a painting from 1500 AD. I found it in my home. can some one explain what is happening here?
Seems like it's telling an imposter story, as the painting draws you into the big figure in the middle, so you are distracted from the imposter with the bunny ears. The painting is probably trying to convey that you should not be distracted by big flashy stuff and pay attention to people in the background.
Impostor stories are common in Hinduism, so it could be referring to any or all of them. e.g. Yudhiṣṭhira being a Brāhmaṇa, Kali being Gabriel, Kṛṣṇa clearly having ulterior motives for appearing on Earth, the first human constantly pretending not to be a deity, etc.