Mniature Paintings

History of miniature paintings in India dates back to cir. 11th century (A.D.) with its beginning under the Pal Rulers of Bengal. The commencing specimen however appear on palm leaves and birch barks, paintings on papers can presumably be assigned to the period in cir. 14th & 15th century A.D. Later centuries witnessed the outcome of different styles of miniature paintings as Rajput, Pahari, Western Indian, Jammu-Kashmir & South Indian. These styles influenced the regional USTAS, specially in Rajasthan and styles of Mewar, Bikaner, Jodhpur, Jaipur, Kota-Bundi & Kishangarh gradually appeared on the dias.
The Institution in its possession preserves some internationally applauded worth specimen of national and regional styles, the plates of which can be depicted thus


Pal Style
(Arya Mahavidya)
In gold letters : Circa 15th Century

Pahari
(Bhagavata : Coronation of Ven)
Painted during the reign of Maharana Jagat Simha of Mewar
VS 1685–1709


Western Indian
(Kalpa Sutra)
Painted in during the holy reign of Acharya Soma Sunder Suri; depicts SAMAVASARANA OF MAHAVIRA SWAMI V.S. 1485


Jammu-Kashmir
(Gita Pancha Ratna)
Script within golden floral borders
South Indian
(Bhagavat Gita)
Lord Krishna preaching Arjuna at the battle-field of Kurukshetra



Regional Styles


Mewar
King Videh receive offspring Sita while driving a golden plough along with his consort at Janakpuri
1650 A.D.
Git Govinda
Renouned poet Jaydeva reciting the lyrics of the Gita Govinda
V.S. 1723

Jaipur
(Dasha Mahavidya)
Tantric – Deities
Bhairavi, Kamala, Tara, Bhuvneshvari, Matangi, Bagula-Mukhi, Dhumavati, Shodashi, Kali & Chhinnamasta Circa 19th
Marwar
(Sadaivachcha Savalinga Ri Varta)
A Jain love tale in Rajasthani composed in prose and metrical verses:
VS 1824

Bundi – Kota
(Madhu Malati)
A Rajasthani love tale of Madhu alias Manohar & Malati. Composed by Chaturbhuj Dasa, V.S. 1833

Kishangarh
(Nagari Das)
Sage Shukdev preaching King Parikshit and the assemblage
Sirohi
(Dhanna Shalibhadra Katha)
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