Indian War Painting

Shah Jahan hunting lions at Burhanpur Whatever the reaction may be, war has been a theme consistently portrayed in Indian paintings. The pre-historic cave paintings of Bhimbetka, Madhya Pradesh, depict warring men brandishing their arms. From these prehistoric cave paintings, to the miniature paintings, folk art paintings, to the contemporary art paintings - Indian painting war is a common theme in every age and style. From a glorious adulation to a chaotic sight of waste and death to a matter-of-fact

portrayal of the business of warfare - Indians have depicted war in all its variety.

The next golden chapter of Indian sculpture opens in the 3rd century BC with the rise and spread of Buddhism. The 4th, 5th and 6th centuries AD witnessed a tremendous resurgence of Hinduism, as it became the official religion of the Gupta Empire. Thus, this era was also marked by the emergence of innumerable images of popular Hindu deities. Images of Vishnu, Shiva, Krishna, Ganesha, the Sun-God and goddess Durga evolved in this period. Along with wood and clay, various kinds of materials and stones were also used in these famous Indian sculptures. Copper is widely used in Indian Sculptures. Buddha statues, Ganesha statues, statues of other Indian deities are widely carved out of copper. Crafts in India has collected some of these precious jewels from artistic India.

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