Himalayan Art Resources

Painting Style: Indian Style Painting (In Tibet)

Indian Style Painting Main Page

Subjects, Topics & Types:
- Description (below)
- Chronology:
--- 11th Century
--- 12th Century
--- 13th Century
- Subjects:
--- Early Teachers
--- Early Deities
--- Early Footprints
--- Gold on Red Teachers
--- Gold on Red Mixed Subjects
--- Early Mandalas
- Masterworks
- Confusions
- Others...

Additional Topics:
- Riwoche Paintings (16th-20th centuries)
- Terminology & Classification of Style Names
- Sakya Subject (Taglung Paintings): #101331
- Karma Kagyu Subject (Taglung Paintings): #57024, #68871, #68872
- Drigung Subject (Taglung Paintings)
- Drugpa Subject (Taglung Paintings)
- Others...

Indian style painting is how Tibetans referred to the Buddhist paintings of the 11th through 13th centuries. The painting of that time had a distinctive look regardless of the religious tradition and subject of the painting. The principal subjects of the paintings are teachers, deities and mandalas.

The period of the Taglung school following the Indian style of painting began in approximately 1170 around the time of the passing of Pagmodrubpa Dorje Gyalpo (1110-1170 [p127]). The painting tradition continued until the early 1300s.

Jeff Watt [updated 5-2017, 6-2018, 1-2019]

(The images below are only a selection of examples from the links above).