Indian & Islamic Paintings
To attempt to define the characteristics of "Indian Painting" would be almost to miss the point of this
multifaceted and eternally metamorphosing art form, whose manifestations are as varied as the subcontinent itself. There are, however, recurrent threads weaving through the elaborate tapestry of Indian art: an extraordinary inventiveness and sensuality; an imagination based on ideal forms of nature; an ability to assimilate foreign styles into their own, and an innate sense of spirituality.
Above all, it is a storytelling medium. The most prolific period for Indian painting was 1500-1900, when Hinduism and Islam were the major religions, and most people's lives revolved around their respective cultural traditions, within which the telling of stories and religious epics played a vital part. Many Indian miniatures were made as part of a sequence illustrating one of these tales of epic battles, or the romances and exploits of the gods, such as the Ramayana and the Mahabharata.
Listed below are links to Museums with collections of Indian paintings.
The British Library, UK
British Museum, UK
The David Collection, Denmark
Freer Sackler, USA
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, USA
Museum Rietberg, Switzerland
Victoria & Albert Museum, UK