Rathi
Year: 2007
Medium: Gold and Oil, Glass Beads and Gemstones on Gesso on Wood
Size: 26 X 20 Inches

Artwork Description

Tanjore painting traces its origins to Thanjavur in Tamil Nadu. It emerged as a distinct style in the court of the Maratha rulers of Thanjavur in the 17th century, and reached its peak under the reign of Serfoji Bhonsale II in the late 18th century. The Raju community of Thanjavur and Tiruchi was noted for creating quality Tanjore paintings. 
 
These mainly religious themed paintings were displayed on walls in homes and evolved out of the growing prominence of the Bhakti movement which focussed on private worship. Patrons of Tanjore paintings looked for portable religious icons, hence themes from the Hindu pantheon abound. Images of infant Krishna with a butterball, surrounded by Yashodha and gopis, and the Ramapattabishekam (the coronation of Rama) are dominant, but Kartikeya, Nataraja, Ganesha, and Parvati are also popular. 

This description of Tanjore paintings has been sourced from Saffron Art auctions catalogue on Tanjore Paintings in 2016.

About Artist

Tanjore painting traces its origins to Thanjavur in Tamil Nadu. It emerged as a distinct style in the court of the Maratha rulers of Thanjavur in the 17th century, and reached its peak under the reign of Serfoji Bhonsale II in the late 18th century. The Raju community of Thanjavur and Tiruchi was noted for creating quality Tanjore paintings.  These mainly religious themed paintings were displayed on walls in …

Rathi
Rathi
  • Dimensions
    26 X 20 Inches
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