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Phad Paintings

Phad Paintings are a folk painting style from Rajasthan. Phad refers to a long piece of cloth, which contain the narratives of the folk deities of Rajasthan, such as Pabuji and Devnarayan. These Phads are carried by the Bhopas (priest-singers) so that they serve as the mobile temples of the folk deities. The phads of […]

Marwar School of Paintings

The paintings developed in the royal families of Kishangarh, Bikaner, Jodhpur, Nagaur, Pali and Ghanerao are called Marwar School collectively. The important & relevant features of this school are as follows: Jodhpur Style The Jodhpur style originated taking clue from the art of the Mandore Gate. Mandore, as we know was a 13th century capital […]

Mewar School of Painting

Udaipur, as we know it today, is the former principality of Mewar. In the ancient as well as medieval times, Mewar was known to be a great centre of artistic and cultural activities. The oldest manuscripts of Mewar painting include the ‘Supasanachariyam‘ and ‘Suparsanatham‘ painted in about 1423 AD. These show the traces of Apabhransa […]

Rajasthani School of Painting

Though there been some example of Pre-Mughal paintings of this school, yet this school took a definite shape only by the turn of the 17th century. The Maru-Gurjar painting is one term which collectively denotes all the paintings in Rajasthan. The earliest form of this Maru-Gurjar painting is the Western Indian painting style that started […]

Different Types of Rajput Paintings

Rajput painting is one of the brightest chapters in the history of Indian Miniature Painting. These paintings are known for their high quality and finer details. Some call them Rajasthani Paintings also, but this nomenclature has varied opinions. In 1916, the famous Ceylonese historian Anand Coomarswamy did the first remarkable scholar work on the classification […]

Mysore Paintings versus Tanjore Paintings

Thanjore Paintings The patrons of this art were the Nayakas of Tanjore. This school, as mentioned above was an offshoot of the Vijayanagar School and is known for vibrant colors, opulent surface and immense use of Gold foils. The dominant themes are Hindu gods, goddesses, and saints. These paintings are created on wooden plank, so […]

Salient Features of Mysore Paintings

The two schools of miniature paintings of south India viz. the Mysore Paintings and Tanjore Paintings are offshoots of the earlier Vijayanagar School of Painting. The Vijaynagar School was basically known for Frescoes & murals of the various mythological themes of Hindu deities on the temple walls and ceilings, and was itself inspired by Ajanta. […]

Deccani Schools of Paintings

The turbulent medieval times saw an exodus of artists to the South. These artists were patronized by the regal houses over there and gradually, three distinct schools of art developed viz. Deccani Paintings, Mysore paintings and Tanjore Paintings. The miniature painting style, which flourished initially in the Bahmani court and later in the courts of […]

Mughal School of Paintings

Origin of Mughal School of Paintings is a landmark in history of Indian paintings. The school originated in the reign of Akbar. The origin of Mughal style is was a result of synthesis of indigenous Indian style of painting and the Safavid school of Persian painting. Mughal paintings were a unique blend of Indian, Persian […]

Pala School of Paintings

Pala School represents the earliest examples of miniature painting in India. The Buddhist monasteries (mahaviharas) of Nalanda, Odantapuri, Vikramsila and Somarupa were great centres of Buddhist learning and art. The paintings are in the form a large number of manuscripts on palm-leaf relating to the Buddhist themes. The images of Buddhist deities at these centres […]