Built over 500 years ago, the Taragarh Fort in Bundi (in the state of Rajasthan) houses a gallery of rajput paintings. Centuries ago, Mughal emperors imported Persian artisans to train Indian artists in the style of miniature paintings. The intricate patterns on the clothes, jewelry and furniture, often painted by brushes made of camel hair, depicted life in the royal court and scenes of the Ramayana epic. The #MetMuseum in New York has an exhibition of these finely detailed miniature paintings through September :-)
My husband bought me a gorgeous coffee table book of Rajasthani paintings, which I’ve pored over, studying the expressions on the faces of lovers, the gardens in which they cavort, the way the ladies in waiting tend to their mistress. It’s like entering the world of the 16th century, albeit for a short while.
Photo credit: @puneetyadav via @rajasthan.clicks