The Kangra Miniature paintings affiliated with the
Miniatures are intricate, colorful illuminations or paintings, small in size, executed meticulously with delicate brushwork. The history of Indian Miniature Paintings can be traced to the 6-7th century AD. Miniature Paintings have evolved over centuries carrying the influence of other cultures. The miniature artists gave self-expression on paper, ivory panels, wooden tablets, leather, marble, cloth and walls. Indian artists employed multiple perspectives unlike their European counterparts in their paintings. The idea was to convey reality that existed beyond specific vantage point.
The artists who created Indian miniatures used various materials to give their products a unique appearance. They used, minerals, vegetables, precious stones, indigo, conch shells, pure gold and silver were used to detail the masterly executed drawings. The themes they depicted, too, were rich in culture and deep in meaning. Among the popular themes were the depiction of incidences from the scriptures like Ramayana, Mahabharata, and Bhagvata Purana.
The themes they depicted, too, were rich in culture and deep in meaning. Among the popular themes were the depiction of incidences from the scriptures like Ramayana, Mahabharata, and Bhagvata Purana.
These artists illustrated the scenes from books like Rasikpriya and Rasamanjiri, telling us the story of that period. They educate us about the life and habits of the kings and their pursuits, their lifestyles and court proceedings.
Kangra Style Painting of Bathing Woman
Indian Miniature paintings, Adoring Natural Beauty of females in Rajasthan style of paintings. Ragmala Painting.
Kangra Miniature Painting, Raga Telangi
If we look at the work of Miniature paintings Bathers done in medieval period, we can see that the artists had skillfully adorned the natural beautify of female figures in their artworks.
Radha and Krishna
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There were many schools of miniature paintings that flourished with the assistance of the local kings. The paintings styles like Kangra Miniatures of the
The themes of the paintings made in the area of Rajasthan, India depicted variety of themes and subjects. Their themes included the Ragas or musical codes of Indian Classical music. There were three primary schools of Indian Miniature Paintings - one the Rajput School that flourished in Rajasthan, the western part of India. Second was the scholl of the painter who lived under the region of Mughal Kings, and the third school was the Deccan school, in southern part of India.