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Tanjore Art Painting

Tanjore painting is a kind of South Indian classical art that is well-known. It's the native art form of the Tamil Nadu city of Thanjavur (also known as Tanjore). Indian Thanjavur Paintings stand out from other styles of paintings because of their deep composition, surface richness, and brilliant colors. Embellishments including semi-precious stones, pearls, and glass pieces, add to their allure. They have a three-dimensional look due to the relief work. History of Tanjore painting dates back to ancient India during the Chola dynasty's rule in the 16th century.

Maratha rulers, Nayakas, Raju's clans of Tanjore & Trichi, and Naidus of Madurai were patrons of Indian Thanjavur paintings from the 16th to the 18th centuries. Hindu Gods and Goddesses, as well as saints, appear in the majority of these works. The painting's focal point is the main character. Tanjore paintings are known as 'Palagai Padam' since they're composed mainly of solid wood boards (palagi meaning wooden plank and Padam meaning picture). Whispering Homes offers Lord Krishna Tanjore art paintings, Goddess Durga Tanjore wall art paintings, Beloved Son Tanjore wall art paintings, and many more Tanjore paintings.

Tanjore Painting Creation

The first of numerous processes necessary in the procedure of a Tanjore Painting is to draw a preliminary sketch of the subject on the base. The fabric is adjusted over a wooden bottom to create the base. The next step is to apply a water-soluble adhesive to the bottom and mix chalk powder or zinc oxide with it. Cut glass, pearls, and even semi-precious stones are then used to adorn the drawing. Laces or threads may be used to add detail to the painting. Wafer-thin gold sheets are applied in relief on specific portions of the artwork to enhance the impression, while the rest colors in brilliant hues.

The steps involved in making a Tanjore painting are as follows:

  • Firstly the wooden board is softened with glue and emery sheets.
  • The motifs are then drawn on the cloth and fastened to the board, with the outlines filled in with precious and semi-precious jewels.
  • A small layer of lime or tamarind powder, mixed with gum or resin is applied to the stones' cracks.
  • The relief and inlay work is shady in a thick layer of lime or tamarind powder.
  • The whole picture is now clean and improved.
  • The relief work and stones enfold in gold foil.
  • The gold foil is cut and trimmed to finish the painting.


Tanjore paintings are fabricated in one of two ways (both made of teak wood):

  • The wooden type is made entirely of wood.
  • The Chettinad type is more ornate and contains more decorations.

The use of transparent acrylic sheets make tanjore paintings much more durable and long lasting as compared to breakable glass.

Influences over the centuries

Tanjore paintings are a lost art form that makes a statement, and private agencies continually seek to revive and restore them. Tanjore paintings, on either hand, have impacted numerous genres of modern art, including calendar prints by C. Kondiah Raju and western naturalism by Raja Ravi Varma.

Presently situation

Tanjore paintings have incorporated some of the most luxurious and artistically designed saris in the South. These artworks were 'printed' onto the cloth rather than painted, using high-quality silk. These saris cannot be embellished with gold foil or precious and semi-precious stones because they are deliberate for formal rather than joyful occasions. To preserve the same effects and appearance rich prints were employed instead.


Today, using the rich materials that were initially working is difficult due to the significant increase in manufacturing costs. As a result, low-cost substitutes such as plywood, synthetic colors, and the industrial adhesive are already in use.


Tanjore paintings, by their very nature, require framing to be preserved. Tanjore painting themes on silk saris, on the other hand, must be conserved in the same way that any other silk sari must. For moth prevention, it should be wrapped in muslin and stuffed with naphthalene balls.  It's preferable to dry clean them rather than wash them.

Trivia and facts

Tanjore paintings used diamonds, sapphires, and rubies as ornaments at their peak. Tanjore paintings are frequently confused with Mysore paintings due to their common origins and creators. The distinction lies in the material used and the relief work performed. Kalamkari and Tirupati, both from the Vijayanagara School, are assessed to have had the best effect on this style of painting.

What makes a Tanjore artwork so special?

Tanjore paintings are a superb way to brighten up any room. Tanjore paintings are now available in a variety of magnificent and rich pieces to liven up the walls of your home. Whispering Houses has an exquisite collection of tanjore paintings for your home or any living space. Our store carries a wide range of attractive and fashionable Tanjore paintings made of long-lasting and environmentally friendly materials. The gorgeous Tanjore paintings by Whispering Homes are available in different types of designs and are ideal for expressing all of your home's styles and décor.

Why choose Whispering Homes to Purchase a Tanjore Painting. 

When choosing a Tanjore painting for decorating or gifting, the most important aspects to consider are size, length, attractiveness, and price. In terms of style, color, and content, Whispering Homes offers a more beautiful Tanjore painting collection as compared to other online vendors.

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