Saturday, September 1, 2012

Origin of Glass Paintings in India

Glass Painting is not merely painting on glass. Rather it is the use of transparent enamel colors to produce decorative effects in glass. Both the medium (glass) and the painting combine to give an ethereal effect.
Glass painting in India is a comparatively recent phenomenon; it emerged in the state of Gujarat at around the 18th century. 

The Chinese merchants settled around the coastal regions of the state influenced this style of painting. Soon this style was internalized by the artists and was experimented with.

Indian Glass paintings are characterized by their bright colors and ornamental nature. Sometimes they are embellished with gold leaves and semi precious stones. The themes are more or less similar to the miniature Paintings i.e. Radha-Krishna leelas, women dressed in traditional clothes and mythological figures.

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