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Glass Paintings

Tuesday, May 12th, 2009 | Author:

India is a land of art, craft, culture, tradition and religion. It has wide range of artistic forms. However, the artistic foundation in India is as old as 2000 years or more. A person can find the artistic traditions of India hidden in its diversified cultures, regions, traditions and religions of ancient times. The history of the Indian art depicts stories of the times even before the papers and brushes came into existence. In olden days, the art was practiced in India on the leaves of the palm tree where varied illustrations and textures were created.


Gradually came the evolution of Glass painting. It all started around 18th and 19th century when the western world, Europe had already mastered in the field of glass painting. One of the Chinese artist learned this art form Europe and this helped China to export quality paintings to Europe. During that time, India was sharing very strong trade relationship with China, which helped in getting this unique and extraordinary form of art to India.


Initially the local artists who were involved in painting the famous stories and epics on the glass mainly used glass painting. One of the most common forms of the glass paintings is that of Lord Ganesha painting. Glass painting requires special kind of glass, which was especially imported from countries like Britain and Belgium.


Glass painting was majorly based on either the European themes or the Traditional themes. These mainly included either the pictures of God or epics like Ramayana or European portraits, which ultimately created a big market and were very high on demand.  Some Northern and Southern regions of India are still very popular for Glass painting practice.  


Times will go and come but this unique form of art will still be there to tell the stories of our ancestral past.