Tanjore paintings grew under the sponsorship of Nayak and Marathas prince in the period of 16th through 18th Centuries. Hindu Gods, Goddesses and Saints were the core theme of the paintings. Paintings are prepared on Canvases which is on Solid Wooden Planks. A layer of cloth is pasted on the wooden plants to prepare the Canvas. Paintings are decorated using Gold leaves of Gems. Gold coating (24 carat) is used to beautify the paintings.
Artistic work was practices by two many communities in Tanjore, Tricy and Madurai. Namely Rajus and Naidus. They are Telugu speaking people migrated from Rayalseema during Nayaks rule.
Paintings were done on materials like wood, glass, mica, exotic media such as ivory, murals and manuscripts. Most of the paintings were of Hindu deities & saints. Other courtly & secular portraits were also created.
During ancient days Paintings were embedded with Rubies, Precious stones and Diamonds.This has evolved now and we can use use of Semi Precious and artificial stones. "Saraswathi Mahal Library" in Madurai has few of these paintings and this was built during the rule of King Sarfoji.
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