Painting & Composition Types (Flat Art/Two-dimensional Art)

Painting Types Outline | Painting Composition Outline

1. Medium/Support
2. Format: Size, Orientation & Sets
3. Ground Colours
4. Subject Types & Categories
5. Painting Styles & Composition Types
6. Inscriptions
7. Confusions & Controversies
8. Aesthetics/authentication



1. Medium/Support:
- Cloth
- Mural
- Paper
- Silk
- Textile
- Wood
- Others...

2. Format: Canvas Size, Orientation & Sets:
- Portrait Format
- Block Prints
- Landscape Format
- Illuminated Manuscripts
- Initiation Cards
- Miniature Paintings
- Nepalese Narrative Scrolls
- Painting Sets: Index/Glossary
- Others...

3. Ground Colours:
- Coloured Ground
- Black Ground
- Gold Ground
- Red Ground

4. Subject Types & Categories:
- Architecture
- Calligraphy
- Charts/Mandala
- Drawing
- Figurative
- Hand & Foot Prints
- Iconometry
- Mandala
- Others...

5. Painting Styles & Composition Types:
- Grouped Figure Composition (India/Kashmir)
- Register Figure Composition (Nepal)
- Repeated Figure Composition
- Floating figure Composition
- Menri Style (Mantangpa)
- Khyenri Style (Khyentse Chenmo)
- Karma Gardri Style (Namkha Tashi)
- New Menri Style (Choying Gyatso)
- Other Artists...
- Regional Styles: Ngari, Tsang, Kham, Amdo, etc.
- Location Styles: Tashi Lhunpo/Shigatse, Khampa Gar, Karsho, Palpung, Rebgong, etc.
- Others...

6. Inscriptions:
- Front, painting
- Front, cartoche
- Front, Name or narrative inscriptions
- Front, decortative letters, book titles
- Front, dedication inscriptions
- Front stick, bottom or top
- Back, painting
- Back stick, bottom or top
- Back, Stupa or design
- Back, direction notations: right, left, East, West, etc.
- Others...

7. Confusions & Controversies:
- Block print sets
- Copies & facsimiles
- Poor quality works & mixed styles
- Over cleaning
- Over restoration
- Repairs
- Varnish
- Others...

8. Aesthetics/authentication:
- Line
- Colour
- Composition
- Proportions
- Iconography
- Date
- Region
- Style
- Others...



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