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10 Interesting Facts of Tanjore Painting

Tanjore also known as Thanjavur is a classical south Indian style painting which is the best epitome of rich heritage. But with respect to a rich heritage, there are many things which make it an amazing piece of art. Although there are many artists which do this Tanjore painting and one of those is T Venkatesa Raja. Here are 10 interesting facts about his exclusive style Tanjore painting.
  • This art was devised in the 16th century in the sovereignty of Cholas. Raju’s societies of Tanjore and Naidus of Madurai also supported Tanjore Painting.
  • The paintings are comprised of vibrant, rich & flat colors. The authentic Tanjore Painting has glittering gold foils overlaid on delicate gesso work and inlay of glass beads and pieces or sometimes precious and semi-precious gems.
  • The many secular & religious subjects of Jain, Sikh, Muslim, and other religion were depicted through these paintings.
  • In older days backgrounds were usually green or red. Lord Vishnu was colored blue and Lord Nataraja was painted white.
  • The clothing and ornaments adorned by Gods and Goddesses were made of pure gold.
  • The Victoria & Albert Museum, London, the largest museum of decorative arts and design, houses a large collection of Thanjavur paintings.
  • The most amazing thing about this painting is that these paintings have a three-dimensional effect, and appear in various sizes.
  • Tanjore Paintings are also given as souvenirs during festive occasions.
  • These paintings are also known as “palagaipadam” — palagi means plank made of wood, and Padam means picture.

Surface richness, dense composition with vibrant colors makes it different from other types of paintings. The gloss of these paintings are really beautiful and one can use them in there home decor. Tanjore paintings are usually an exclusive piece of art which is adorned in every corner of the world. The beauty of Tanjore painting is divine and cannot be compared.

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