Major Indian Painting Styles

  • Jain painting (7th to 12th century)? 

In Jain painting style, the paintings of Jain Tirthankaras - Parshvanath, Neminath, Rishabhanath, Mahavir Swami etc. are the most ancient. Sample of Jain painting is also found on the offices or wooden tracks above the Jain texts, in which intense expressions and limited beautiful images of the eyes through the limited lines.


  • Pala painting (9th to 12th century)? 

 The content of the Pala style painting, which developed specifically under the rule of Pal Dynasty rulers Dharmapala and Devpal in Bengal, has been influenced by religion. Vajra Buddhism scenes are depicted in palm paper and later paintings on paper.

  • Apabhramsa painting (11th to 15th century)? 

 The main feature of this style of painting - the special texture of the face is the pointed nose and excessive decoration of the jewelery. This painting was initially painted on palm leaves and later on paper.

  • Mughal painting? 

 Mughal painting during the period of Mughal emperors Babur and Humayun was completely influenced by Persian painting style. A new style developed during Akbar's era, which was a confluence of Indian and Persian paintings.

  • Patna or company painting? 

 These paintings were also made and sent to Britain, which are still present in the museums there. »Patna or Company painting style, famous for its depiction of common aspects of the masses, developed after the decline of the Mughal Empire.

  • Deccan painting? 

 The principal center of the Deccan painting style was Bijapur, but it also expanded into the states of Golconda and Ahmednagar. »Ragamala paintings are depicted exclusively in the Deccan painting style.

  • Gujarat painting? 

 Gujarat painting style paintings are received from Marwar, Ahmednagar, Malwa, Jaunpur, Awadh, Punjab, Nepal, Orissa.  In this style of painting, mountains, river, ocean, earth, fire, clouds, horizon, trees etc. are specially made.

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