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The earliest surviving miniature paintings are on palm leaves from the 10th century and on paper from the 14th century. The images accompanied texts in religious manuscripts and illustrations of mythological epics. With the advent of the Mughals in the mid 16th century, the subjects of miniature paintings included portraits, court scenes, flora and fauna. In the Rajput (in Rajasthan) and Pahari (in the Punjab hills) courts, the paintings continued to bring to life poetry, age old legends, religious mythology and the moods of love and changing seasons. The emphasis lay on the creation of a mood and the communication of bhava (emotion) through a rich and lyrical style. Artists worked together in karkhanas (workshops) often working together on a single painting; some specialising in composition and drawing while others were master colourists. The most notable traditions of miniature painting in India are the Mughal, Rajasthani, Pahari and Deccani courts.

A lady taking Paan (Betel leaves & nuts)

Tempera on paper, 19th Century, 15.5 x 22.3 cm

Krishna combing Radha’s Hair

Tempera on paper, 19th century, 15.5 x 19 cm

Lady holding a letter

Water colour on paper, 19th century, 20 x 27 cm

A Man with a Woman on the Terrace of a House

Tempera on paper, 20th century, 13.5 x 20.5 cm

Portrait of Rao Amar Singh of Nagar

Water colour on paper, 14 x 17 cm


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European Traveller Artists

Company Period

Kalighat Painting

Academic Realism

Bengal School

Amrita Sher-Gil

Jamini Roy

Gaganendranath Tagore

Rabindranath Tagore


Artists Collectives

Abstraction in Contemporary Indian Art

Art Movements of 1960s

Art Movements in 1970s


Modern Sculptures

Print Making