MURAL PAINTINGS IN KERALA: A HISTORICAL OVERVIEW

NIMISHA P

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The Murals have important cultural significance and express the ethos of a group of people in a deep way. Art history is a humanistic field of inquiry that concentrates on visual culture works created to inform, express and inspire through what we see. The fields of art history embrace many different approaches to visual culture. In this study an attempt is made to understand Murals in a contextual art history  seeks to understand art as one expression of complex, social ,economic, political philosophical and religious influences on culture and individual .The earliest scratchings ,carvings ,etchings and painting that produce priceless knowledge to our history .These murals hold great significance for mankind as they depicted life activities ,everyday scenery and usual religious tradition of the time ,they were created in giving as a priceless look of the diversity of our cultures during different period .The beginning of Mural painting can be traced back to the cave paintings .Over the course of time Murals have covered the interior and exteriors of many palaces ,temples, tombs ,houses of rich patrons. Temple walls became prominent medium of Mural art. The notable features of these murals are the simplicity in subject ,technical excellence ,accurate thematic representations and perfect blending of colours .The Mural paintings are examples of the real talents of the artists ,which explicit their versatility.


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Murals, Cave paintings, Techniques, Cultural Value

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