History of Tanjore Paintings

History of Tanjore Paintings

History of Tanjore Paintings:

Tanjore painting is an art in Tamil Nadu, it is flourished from a town Thanjavur  anglicized as Tanjore in Tamil Nadu known for its art and holds unique history in culture of south India. Classical Tanjore paintings, came into being in late 16th century. The art  mainly  classical music and dance drew a lot of attention back in 1600 AD during the times of Vijayanagara Rayas. The Maratha rule of Tanjore lasted for about 2 centuries from the late 16th century after the Vijayanagara Rayas and  during this time these paintings gained popularity. The early paintings were embellished with real Diamonds and other precious stones, Semi precious and artificial stones gained popularity only in later periods.

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Krishna Tanjore Painting

Style and Technique:

The paintings chiefly depicts Hindu deities & saints,  lord Krishna being the chief subject.  Episodes from Hindu scriptures like puranas and other religious texts were also painted with the main figure placed in the central section of the picture. Other religions like Jain, Sikh, Muslim, other religious and even secular subjects prevalent across India were also depicted beautifully in Tanjore paintings. Tanjore paintings are made on wood and cloth canvas,  in addition to being done on canvas, they also done on walls, wooden panel, glass, paper, mica and exotic media such as ivory. Small Ivory portraits were typically worn as cameo pendants called rajaharam and were quite popular. These paintings come in three finishes classic, embossed, and unique. Classic finish is Bright and has sharp colors in high glitter gold foil.. Antique finish  has more  subtle colors and less brighter glitter of  gold.

Would Tanjore Painting suit my space ?

Tanjore paintings are characterized by rich, flat and vivid colors, simple iconic composition, glittering gold foils overlaid on delicate gesso work and inlay of glass beads and pieces along with precious and semi-precious stones which extensively adds to its beauty and grandeur. Not only the look and feel of the painting is beyond marvel, but the precious and semi-precious gems used in the paintings  are said to bring positive energy to house or work place. They are said to enhance life force and vitality of the surrounding. They can be a source of vibrations needed for your work. The painting are kept  well protected from termites by enclosing it in a well-designed frame. High quality 22-carat gold foil and gold milk  is used to ensure that it lasts for generations.

Each color is believed to represent one of the five elements and radiates some form of energy. For instance gold adds richness and warmth to everything with which it is associated – it illuminates and enhances other things around it. Hence we at Madhurya also make  customized Tanjore paintings as per your wish to suit your color requirements.


Tanjore Painting is perfect for Gifting:

Tanjore paintings have become one of the most sought out item in galleries of India and abroad and is definitely worth gifting one to your close ones. Such gifts are always highly appreciated for it would last for generations. It would undoubtedly increase the beauty of a house.


Which kind of Tanjore Painting do you like? 

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