Tanjore School, Mysore School& Folk Paintings: Madhubani and Pattachitra for Competitive Exams

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Tanjore School

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  • By Chola rulers

  • Theme-hindu Gods and Goddesses

  • Pictures of child Krishna-smiling faces of figures

  • Mainly glass paintings miniature

  • Pure concentration on decoration

  • Liberal use of gold

Mysore School

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  • th th century

  • Theme Hinduism

  • Particular type of paste known as GESSO.

  • Paste made of zinc oxide and Arabic gum

  • Unique feature-it has two or more figures. The main subject is shown larger than others(inequality)

  • Use of muted colors

  • Mostly miniature paintings

Folk Paintings

  • Developed regionally

  • Folk tales, native heroes painted

  • Local vegetation,

  • Reflects the customs and culture directly

Madhubani Paintings

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  • Mithila region,Bihar

  • Theme Hindu Gods,mythology,wedding scenes,festival scenes,erotic scenes,Royal court scenes

  • Exclusively done by women painters

  • Before mural paintings mainly

  • After shifted to miniature paintings

  • No space left empty

  • Unique feature outline directly drawn with brush without any preliminary sketching

  • D figures

  • Symbols are used instead of things

  • Used of coloured rice Aripan

  • Kohbar-mural paintings in bedroom-erotic theme

  • Painters-Sita Devi


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  • Traditional painting of Orissa, India.

  • Based on Hindu Mythology and inspired by Jagannath and Vaishnava cult.

  • Natural colours are used in fully old traditional way by Chitrakaras that is Oriya Painter

  • Is painted on canvas (Patta). Carefully done craftsmanship, rich colors, unique designs & creative motifs, & simple themes, which are chiefly mythological in origin on canvas.

  • Paintings on the cave walls of Khandagiri and Udayagiri, Konark temple, and many other temples in Orissa.