Miniature Painting

Know Everything about Miniature Painting in Detail:

India is having a rich and memorable past in terms of tradition, culture and art. It’s a place from where

invention started and innovation reached its peak. When it comes to Miniature paintings, one of the

most ancient and popular art, the contribution of this country and its artists just can’t be ignored in

taking this art to a new level.

Let’s know this painting in detail:

Miniatures paintings are quite colourful and captivating paintings, created with pure hand work. It is a

complex style of painting that needs vision, deep insight and innovation. These paintings are completely

different from conventional paintings, and are nowadays available in small size for house decoration or

exhibition. Use of elaborate and delicate brushwork provides this painting a distinct recognition. Artists

create this painting with minute details and strive to set the colours and lines in harmonious pattern to

enhance its visual appeal.

Use of Colours & Material:

Colours, which are used to create these unique miniature paintings, are handmade. Colours are

prepared using gold, silver, vegetables, minerals, stones and conch shells.

And, paper, leather, marble, cloths, ivory panels, walls and wooden tablets are smartly used by artist to

come up with an innovative design.

Origin of Miniature painting:

In ancient times, it was quite difficult for people to read and understand the written words in the

documents and manuscripts. First time, Miniature painting was invented with an objective to resolve

this problem by illustrating the stories and messages in rather clear and interesting way. So, this painting

is having a close connection with the book art too.

History of Miniature Painting in India

India witnessed the first evolution of Miniatures paintings in 17th century. This evolution took place in

Western Himalayas region. Later in 18th century, this painting got highly influenced with mural paintings.

The art started getting more recognition in the time of Mughals and Hindu Rajas of Rajasthan. This art

went though many transformations due to the integration of several foreign styles in it. Persian tradition

was introduced in this art by Muslim kings. But, these transformations gave a new dimension to this art

and made it one of the most appealing and interesting way to illustrate anything. Later, the painting

tradition of Iran was also merged with the Indian miniature painting tradition that set a new platform for

the artists and certainly wrote a unique chapter in the history of Indian art.

Difference between Rajput and the Mughal miniature paintings:

Selection and use of colours differentiate Rajput and the Mughal miniature paintings from each other.

Mughal miniature painting style makes use of muted colors, giving it a shadow and depth. On the other

hand, Rajasthani painting uses bold primary colours which provide an abstract look to the painting.