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Marwar Painting

The Marwar School of painting was a prominent style of miniature painting, during 16th century in Rajasthan. This style of painting usually dealt with the court life.

Marwar Painting portrayed festivals, ceremonies, elephant fights and hunting expeditions. The themes also included scenes borrowed from Lord Krishna’s life. Other popular themes were ‘Raagmala’ and ‘Gita Govinda.’ The human figures were marked by their almond shaped eyes and large noses, a typical Rajasthani feature. The paintings done by the artists in Jodhpur (one of the famed centers of Marwar School) featured men accompanied by women. The colors were mostly of striking nature.

Updated on 7th June, 2005


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