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This exquisite miniature painting features a nobleman being entertained by a dancer in an alfresco setting amidst charming nature. They are accompanied by an attendant in the background. This artwork stands apart for the care taken to depict the minor details such as floral patterns of the carpet, motifs of the attires, the translucency of the dupattas and intricacies of the ambience.
The artwork is enhanced with a lustrous border interspersed with gold foil. This art of incorporating gold leaf is inspired by the ancient Persian palette, where it was often used to embellish the borders of manuscript leaves.
Marked by graceful lines and delicate brushwork, the miniature paintings of India have a glorious history, providing an artistic intimacy. They are not just meant to be observed, but read from top to bottom like a story.
Dating back to the 7th Century in India, the miniature painting 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. All the works under this genre are reflective of the intensive combined effort of the artisans. The face being the most important part, is typically executed by the master artist.
|Size:||14.5 x 10 inches|
|Medium:||Miniature Painting on Paper|
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