The Living Art of Mewar
First of our four part series on Rajasthan’s miniature art
Miniature paintings from Rajasthan are some of the most exquisite art forms India has. This form of painting developed across this region in medieval times and, although generically referred to as ‘Rajput miniatures’, this style of painting shows great diversity depending on geography and time period.
Rajasthan was a hotbed of political and military activity in medieval times, and as a result, dozens of states emerged, most of them establishing artistic ateliers in their courts. A wide range of subjects was depicted in these paintings, from portraits, court scenes, hunts and festivals to religious paintings depicting gods and goddesses and depictions of significant texts and epics in illustrated manuscripts.