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Types of Indian Paintings

Different genre of Indian paintings can be classified into periods and styles, on the themes they depict, the raw materials they use and the patronage they received  from period connoisseurs of art.

  • Satavahana Paintings (2nd century B.C. to 2nd century A,D.)
  • Kushana School of Paintings (1st to 3rd century A.D.)
  • Gupta Period Paintings (4th too 6th century A.D.)
  • Vakataka Paintings (4th to 6th century A.D.)
  • Early Western Chalukya Paintings (6th to 8th century A.D.)
  • Bhanja Paintings (8th century A.D.)
  • Pallava Paintings (7th to 9th century A.D.)
  • Early Pandyan Paintings (7th to 9th century A.D.)
  • Early Chera Paintings (8th to 9th century A.D.)
  • Rashtrakuta Paintings (8th to 10th century A.D.)
  • Chola School of Paintings (9th to 13th century A.D.)
  • Hoysala Paintings (11th to 13th century A.D.)
  • Kakatiya Paintings (11th to 13th century A.D.)
  • Vijayanagara Paintings (14th to 17th century A.D.)
  • Nayaka Period Paintings (17th to 18th century A.D.)
  • Paintings of Medieval Kerala (16th to 18th century A.D.)
  • Pala and Medieval Eastern School of Paintings (9th to 16th century A.D.)
  • Medieval Western Paintings (11th to 15th century A.D.)
  • Mogul Paintings (16th to 18th century A.D.)
  • Rajasthani and Pahari Paintings (16th to 19th century A.D.)
  • Deccani or Dakhani Paintings (17th to 19th century A.D.)
  • Mysore and Tanjore Traditional Paintings (17th to 19th century A.D.)


  • Sivaramamurti C., Indian Painting, National Book Trust, New Delhi, 1970

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This is a collection of various schools of paintings of modern India, including miniature paintings, paintings of some of the most well known painters of India photographed in museums, and from private collections.
Indian Paintings | Paintings of India | Styles of Indian Painting
Lady with a Child and a DogMother and ChildLady in her VanityPortrait of Colonel  William Douglas Brodie KetchenFlying Apsara Playing CymbalsPainting by M.F. HusainWrestling Contest and Spectators
Officer and Nauch GirlA School in Ancient IndiaMaharaja Durga DasGrocer and his FamilyRhythm and LightBuddha and MaraDeath of a Dreamer
Landscape by Suren De, 1968Lord Buddha in a Orissan Pata PaintingLord Krishna Rejoicing in the Company of GirlsWoman Writing a LetterAn Apsara in WaterVillagers Keeping Warm in the ForestWestling in a Moghul Court
Another MartyrHarischandra in DistressLord Ishwara Perfoming His DanceRati and Kama Seduce Each OtherA Painting by Mukta VenkateshPainting by  G.S. ShenoyBilhana and Champavati
Cold MorningKrishna Leela (Antics of Lord Krishna)Woman in her VanityThe Mushrooming CultureJain Painting from ShravanabelagolaDevotion - Painting by M.V. SeetaramaiahLady Feeds a Peacock
Woman Getting a Lovers Portrait PaintedA Woman Writing LetterKrishna-Radha, North Indian PaintingNude RawanaTribal Women at WorkExample of Jain Fine ArtLord Shiva Performing His Cosmic Dance of Destruction
Gopika Vastrapaharana (The Stealing of Clothes)Elephant Rider and CoterieAfter BathGossiping WomenLord Krishna and His WomenLord Shiva Performing His Cosmic Dance


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