Rajasthani Miniature Paintings
During the sixteenth century, the Mughal emperor fell in love with the miniature paintings crafted by Persians, importing artists to further develop the craft back in India.
What resulted were Rajasthani miniature paintings, a distinctive style of artwork that focuses on exceptional detail, bold colors, and definitive lines, blended together seamlessly to create a harmonious composition. Traditionally, the paintings were crafted on various mediums, from basic paper to marble, leather to the walls of homes, temples to imperial palaces. Subjects focused nearly exclusively on portraits and depictions of the upper class, although as the art form expanded, so did the variances in composition.
Outside of the stunning level of detail included in these relatively diminutive paintings, the colors, and care in developing the paints, is of exceptional note. Rajasthani miniature paintings have a boldness and vividness not seen in similar styles of art of the same age, with artists spending weeks, and even months, to concoct the perfect shades.
Today’s Rajasthani miniature paintings take the same level of care in development, whether the artist chooses to utilize modern paints or take the work back to its roots, adding their own unique spin. Whether one exceptional piece or a collection featuring dozens, Rajasthani miniature paintings are a sight to behold.