Emperor on Horseback in Procession

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Details

Size: 13 x 8.5 inches
Medium: Miniature Painting on Old Page

Description

This miniature painting makes an impression with its vividly detailed rendition of a royal procession. The key focus is on the emperor who sits on a majestic horse. As a mark of his splendour, he is shown with a halo around his head and is portrayed more prominently than others. Also gracing the artwork on the upper left side is a bodiless face framed in a black circle. This figure adds a touch of intrigue and suggest Western influences.

The process of painting on old paper as in this particular work, is a complicated one, where the page, taken from an old book, is first cleaned and then painted upon.

  • ABOUT Miniature Paintings

    Marked by graceful lines and delicate brushwork, miniature paintings of India have a glorious history, providing an artistic intimacy. They are not just meant to be observed, but instead, read from top to bottom like a story. With the first miniature paintings of India dating back to the 7th century, the style went through several transformations, from the use of simple and subdued tones, to showing exaggerated physical traits and bold colours. The art of Miniature Painting truly flourished under the patronage of the Mughals in the 16th century, depicting artistic excellence along with the richness of colour effects.

    The most notable traditions of miniature paintings are of Mughal, Rajasthani, Pahari and Deccani courts. Themes included portraits, court scenes, devotion, nature, mythology, poetry and love. An extremely nuanced art form, the finer details in miniatures are painted with brushes made of squirrel hair, even today. All the works under this genre are reflective of the intensive combined effort of artisans. The face being the most important part, is typically executed by the master artist. Like many other traditional art forms of India, miniature painting too, is slowly dying, and in need of revival.

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