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Tanjore painting


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Tanjore painting

  2. 2. Tanjore means from Thanjavur , a place in Tamil Nadu. • Originated in the reign of Chola dynasty as seen in temples like Brihadeeshwara built in 1010AD by Chola dynasty. • The style of Tanjore paintings are similar.
  3. 3. Painting on wall of Brihadeeshwara temple, Thanjavur.
  4. 4. Mural on wall of Brihadeeshwara temple.
  5. 5. • Artform dates to 1600AD during rule of Nayaks when they encouraged art chiefly classical dance and music. • Later in 18th century Gupta period also encouraged and almost every house had a Tanjore painting. • The painting decorated palaces and temples.
  6. 6. Structure • Tanjore paintings are known for surface richness, vivid colours, compact composition. • Main feature- Gold foils are used. • Previously rubies and precious stones were used. • Today semi-precious stones and glass is used instead. • They are panel paintings done on solid wood plank. •
  7. 7. Method • Cloth is spread on wooden plank usually of Jackfruit tree. • Limestone paste to smoothen surface and gum to stick the cloth. • A sketch of painting is made on cloth. • Semi-precious stones are stuck • Embossing and relief work is done. • Gold foil is applied • Colours are then added.
  8. 8. Style • • • • • Figures are usually well-rounded. Usually red and green used for background Yellow for Goddess Blue for Vishnu White for Nataraja