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Tanjore Painting

Arts | 6-11 yrs | Interactive


Tanjore painting is a South Indian form of art that originated in Thanjavur, Tamil Nadu which dates back to around 1600 CE. The style was dominated by devotional icons of Hindu Gods and Goddesses, and saints. This form is technically considered panel paintings because they were done on smoothed frames of wood and feature a very tight composition depicting a central figure or figures.

How to do Tanjore Painting?

The elaborate process of a piece of Tanjore art begins with a piece of cloth that is pasted over a wooden base. After making a preliminary sketch over the cloth, a paste of chalk powder and adhesive is applied over the base and then smoothed. Once the drawing is made, the images is detailed with semi-precious stones, lace, and thread in a mixed-media effect. This is finally hand-dyed in appropriate places to give colour to the painting.

These images take long to make and sometimes, gold and silver leaf in pressed onto the elaborate arches around the central subject. Because of the elaborate process involved in creating a single piece, the figures depicted are always static. In modern times this form has become more accessible through the use of gold paint and coloured glass called Jaipur stones.

Tanjore paintings come in three kinds of finishes. What are they?
Originally which deity figure was painted when Tajore art work originated?.

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