these paintings originated in the 17th century. these paintings
once an art form requiring great skill are alive with colours
and exhibit a vibrant confluence of cultures, the artists
came from, and the ones they adopted.
krishna is the theme of several paintings as the artisans
from vijayanagar who created these were devotees of krishna.
some faces and hairstyles are distinctively from the northern
india. this is attributed to the fact that the rulers under
whom the art flourished, the nayaks and the marathas, did
influence the manner in which it was executed in tanjore.
paintings are more expensive as they are equally valuable
as historical documents. the smallest painting would take
a week to finish because of the laborious process involved
in completing the picture.
used and process
backed by wood is painted over and portions requiring adornment
overlaid with gold leaf using tamarind paste to create the
masterpieces. the gold leaf with inlaid stones rises above
the surface of the painting. nowadays this embossment is made
possible by a paste made of plaster of paris and glue and
the semiprecious stones embedded in it and then allowed to
dry. gold foil is then stuck on it.