What are miniature paintings?
As one can conjecture by their name, miniature paintings are handmade paintings of very small size. They are widely loved for capturing intricate details by the use of delicate brushwork.
Natural Sources and Materials
Materials such as paper, palm leaves, wood, marble and cloth are used to accomplish this ancient work of art. These paintings are generally not made on a very large scale.
Natural sources such as vegetables, gold, indigo, silver as well as precious stones are utilized to make colours for these paintings.
Around 960 A.D. in India, miniature paintings were depicted through religious themes. Later, the rise of Mughal Empire brought the element of Persian style into miniature paintings.
These further made progress with the impact of European paintings in Mughal court. Afterwards, miniature paintings found patrons in the Rajput rulers of Rajasthan in 17th-18th century. These paintings characterised the royal lifestyle (tales of bravery) along with mythological stories revolving around Radha and Krishna.
In the 7th century AD, this art flourished under the guardianship of the Palas of Bengal. Resonant with Ajanta murals, Pala art was made distinctive by the use of subdued colours.
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