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

Painting Types Outline | Painting Composition Outline | Terminology & Classification of Style Names | HAR Cataloguing Standard | Contemporary Art | Painting Styles Glossary

The information below is primarily intended for portable scroll paintings and does not include or begin to address mural paintings which will be treated separately.

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



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

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

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

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

5. Composition Types:
- Composition 1: Grouped Figures & Registers, Plus Archaic Architecture (India, Kashmir)
- Composition 2: Registers (Nepal)
- Composition 3: Repeated Figure (Tibet)
- Composition 4: Floating Figure Composition (Tibet)
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6. Painting Styles - Terminology & Classification of Names:
- by Country
- by Religious Tradition
- by Region
- by Artist & Style Name
- by Monastery
- Other

7. Inscriptions:
- Front, painting
- Front, cartouche
- Front, Name or narrative inscriptions
- Front, decorative letters, book titles
- Front, dedication inscriptions
- Front, under-drawing, artist notations
- 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...

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

9. Confusions & Controversies:
- Block Print Sets
- Confused Visual Subjects
- Consecration & De-consecration
- Controversial Art
- Copies & Facsimiles
- Fake Art (Forgery)
- Name Inscription: Misidentified or Name Added
- Over cleaning
- Pilgrimage Art
- Poor quality works & mixed styles
- Repairs, holes, missing & added registers
- Restoration
- Suspect Art
- Varnish
- Others...

Jeff Watt 6-2010



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