Indian miniature painting - sixteenth and seventeenth centuries

 Indian miniature painting - sixteenth and

 seventeenth centuries


The origin of miniature paintings


These paintings and artists are drawn from the art of Persia and Turkey and were supported by the Mughal emperors and the Rajput kings.

In many ways, the subjects and objects depicted in these paintings are narrative. They show how the Indian people lived at that time. On closer inspection, we can see the lifestyle and the types of costumes and adornments that these people wore in the Middle Ages or post-medieval times. For those who want to know more about the life of Indian princes, kings, and emperors during this time, here are some articles that tell about the different aspects of these paintings.


Materials used for miniature paintings:


The golden period of painting is in India in the 16th and 17th centuries. Mughal emperors, Babur, Humayun, Akbar, Jahangir, Shah Jahan, and other Mughal emperors supported the artists to paint miniature art. Several Hindu and Rajput monarchs also supported this painter.

The materials used by artists were generally made by hand. The material was mainly soft and fine leather, copper plates, and ivory plates. In France and Italy, artists also used sheet metal and ivory as basic materials. Later, leaves were also used for this type of plate. The leather used as the basic material was parchment. Soft parchment was originally made from calfskin or smaller creatures.

Bearing a tangible resemblance to their Persian counterparts, these miniature paintings depict the life and way of life of Mughal and Rajput kings during this time. These paintings told about such topics as how the Mughal and Rajput princes lived, what they wore, and how they waged their wars. However, the bulk of the artists' efforts went into crafting visual narratives of the ways these medieval kings and princes valued. Thus, these paintings were not the only silent spectator of the history of India in the Middle Ages but were faithful witnesses of the social and cultural mirror of this period.

However, a large part of the artists' efforts is devoted to showing the manners and manners that these medieval kings and princes enjoyed. Thus, these small miniature paintings were not only the silent spectator of their time but also the documented witness of the social and cultural development of India in the Middle Ages.

Looking back to Mughal times, we can see that it resembles the Persian style of painting. The reason is that the artists who painted the paintings of the Mughal era were mainly influenced by Persian paintings and were initially trained by two great painters who came to

Next Post Previous Post
No Comment
Add Comment
comment url