A miniature painting in your room helps add a unique dimension to the home decor. The beauty of such handmade paintings is their vivacious colors and fine depiction; it seems as if the figure or the scenery has come alive! Intricate and delicate brushwork render these paintings an exclusive identity. Colors used are mostly handmade being derived from minerals, precious stones or vegetables. Wondering how those golden outlines look so glittery and original? May be the artist has used pure gold to color it!
A number of miniature schools flourished in the country during different periods, most popular being Mughals and Rajputs. Apart from these, other schools include Pala, Oriya, Jain and Nepali. These schools were inspired by varied Indian cultures and practiced over generations, throughout the country. Earliest examples of Indian miniature painting can be related to The Pala School which is believed to be the most ancient, dated around the 11th century. During this period, emphasis was given on symbolic use of colors, inspired mainly by tantric rituals. Another characteristic of this school was application of skillful and graceful lines. Natural colors were used to render that bright glow to human skin.
The Jain School, evolved at a later stage, laid greater emphasis on style. Some of its unique features were introduction of strong pure colors, heavy golden outlines and dresses with angular segments. Those elegant figures of ladies with large eyes which have captivated audience worldwide are by-products of the Pala School of miniature paintings. This school’s influence was later observed in Rajasthani and Mughal paintings.
The uniqueness about Indian miniature painting is that it offers a close look into the country’s history, culture, religion and practices. While in one painting you can take a peek into the Mughal harem, in another you will find realistic depiction of a Rajasthan village. In all probability, the painting is the handiwork of a miniature artist belonging to the Mughal era. Artists during this period mainly focused on portraying beauty in the most graceful and natural form. Rich designs and ornaments were painted in luxurious style with a royal touch. Apart from figures, paintings of medieval warriors and elephants used in wars were also done in a detailed manner.
You might have come across houses adorned with miniatures of beautiful women, elegantly ornamented with attractive jewelries and beautifully draped rich clothing. Take a look at any miniature and it seems that each has its own way of telling a story that helps ignite your imagination. An Indian miniature painting never loses its charm for several reasons; one being its eternal appeal which enthralls not only Indian buyers but appeals to art connoisseurs worldwide. Another reason behind growing popularity is easy availability of miniatures now-a-days, within reasonable price ranges.
A fine miniature is considered to be a precious asset whose value will appreciate over time. So, make sure that you opt for a reliable dealer one. Explore online and you will find many reliable suppliers offering best collection of miniature paintings, Buddha statues , brass goddesses, wooden Ganesha and many other paintings and sculptures to beautify your home.
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