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Sittanavasal Caves

Sittanavasal Caves represent one of the best cave paintings of early medieval India. These are example of rock-cut architecture based on Jain thought and ideologies. They have a close form of Ajanta and Bagh caves. The name Sittanavasal has diverse cultural connotations. According to one, it is a morphed version of "chir-ran-nal-vaa-yil" which means "the

Bhaja, Karla and Kanheri caves

Bhaja, Karla and Kanheri caves are an elaborate example of Buddhist imprints in India. Located in Maharashtra, they represent the closeness of the area with the Buddhist ideology. Bhaja Caves These are group of 18 caves which were built during the Mauryan times around 2nd century BC. A precious gift of the ancient world art


The caves of Pitalkhora are located near Ellora in Aurangabad district of Maharashtra. These form the oldest of the rock-cut cave architecture of India and are believed to belong to the Hinayana period of Buddhism contemporary to Satvahana dynasty. The caves were later adorned in the Mahayana period during the Vakataka rule. The caves are

Paintings at Badami

Badami or Vatapi as it was earlier known as , is one of the most treasured monuments of ancient India. The paintings which are housed in rock-cut cave temples mostly belong to 6th and 8th centuries. The Badami caves were a major source of inspiration to the monuments at Mahabalipuram. The Pallava king was mesmerized

Renaissance Paintings

Art was dominated chiefly by the Christian church throughout the Middle Ages and well into the Renaissance period. Initially, the Christian art was tender and human but eventually the organised theology had an adverse effect on art and it became a vehicle of dogma. The church patronised art on condition that be symbolic of moral

Popular works of Leonardo-da-Vinci

Leonardo-da-Vinci (1452 – 1519) was an Italian Renaissance polymath: painter, sculptor, architect, musician, mathematician, engineer, inventor, anatomist, geologist, cartographer, botanist, and writer. His genius, perhaps more than that of any other figure, epitomized the Renaissance humanist ideal. Leonardo has often been described as the archetype of the Renaissance Man, a man of "unquenchable curiosity" and