Krishna Antique Tanjore Paintings Features:
Antique Krishna is done with an ample number of tanjore stones and a generous amount of 22ct gold leaves. The deity has a rounded body and its features depict the traditional style tanjore painting.
The couch in which the deity resides is artistically done and the colors used are bright and vibrant. Ornament designs are simple and elegant and add subtle beauty to the painting.The embellishments in the butter pot is outstanding. The entire canvas is skillfully used to portray the theme and this gives a rich look to the painting.
About Tanjore Painting
Tanjore painting is a form of painting, with a unique style which originated in Tanjavoor.
The creation of this painting involves a lot of dedication and several stages of meticulous art work.
These paintings are known for their surface richness, vivid colors, compact composition and breathtaking beauty. It comes in three finishes- normal, antique and embossed.
A typical Tanjore painting would consist of one main figure, usually a deity, with a well-rounded face, body and oval shaped eyes. The main figure would be enclosed using arches, curtains etc.
The paintings are decorated by gilded and gem-set technique, a technique where 22 ct gold leaves & sparkling tanjore stones are used to highlight certain aspects of the painting like ornaments, dresses etc.
Usages of 24ct Gold and real tanjore precious stones give a glowing radiance to the painting and the shine of the gold leaves lasts forever.
Tanjore painting (Tamil Language: Thanjavur Oviyam) is an important form of classical South Indian painting native to the town of Thanjavur (anglicized as Tanjore) in Tamil Nadu. The art form dates back to about 1600CE, a period when Nayakas of Tanjavur encouraged art- chiefly, classical dance and music as well as literature both in Telugu and Tamil. Tanjore Paintings are known for their surface richness, vivid colours and compact composition. Essentially serving as devotional icons, the themes of most of these paintings are Hindu gods and goddesses, and saints as well. Episodes from Hindu tradition are drawn upon as elaboration to the main figure / figures placed in the central section of the picture. Tanjore paintings are in fact panel paintings (done on solid wood planks ) and hence were also referred to as 'palagai padam'( palagai - wooden plank ; padam- picture) in local parlance. In modern times, these paintings have become a much sought after as souvenir during festive occasions in South India; or as pieces to decorate the walls ; or as collectors' item by art lovers.
The process of making a Tanjore painting involves many stages. The first stage involves the making of the preliminary sketch of the image on the base. The base consists of a cloth pasted over a wooden base. Then chalk powder or zinc oxide is mixed with water-soluble adhesive and applied on the base. To make the base smoother, a mild abrasive is sometimes used. After the drawing is made, decoration of the jewellery and the apparels in the image is done with semi-precious stones also known as Jaipur stones. Laces or threads are also used to decorate the jewellery. On top of this, the gold foils are pasted. Finally, dyes are used to add colors to the figures in the paintings.
High quality gold foil is used to ensure the paintings lasts generations and becomes family heirlooms. They generally appreciate in value and are considered collectibles. Paintings come in three finishes, Classic, Antinque Style and Embossed. In the classic finish, bold colors and striking backgrounds are combined with high glitter gold foil, while in the antique style, the gold's glitter is more sober with more subtle colors and plain backgrounds. The emboss paintings are similar to the classic style but are super embossed to bring about more depth.