Materials, Techniques and Conservation of Indian Miniature Paintings

The Victoria and Albert Museum has a large and varied collection of Indian miniature paintings.

The technique of such painting has its origins in Buddhist palm-leaf paintings and in Jain manuscripts. The arrival of papermaking by hand from Samarkand in the early 13th century allowed artists to experiment with different compositions and formats, using both mineral pigments and dyes. Knowledge of these materials and processes- as well as scientific analyses of works in the collection- has helped to date paintings and to confirm stylistic observations made by curatorial staff.

Mike Wheeler, Senior Paper Conservator at the V&A, who specialises in the art of India and the Himalayas, will give the talk, illustrated with examples of Mughal, Rajput and Company paintings from the collection.

Booking information: please call 0870 050 3688 for tickets.

Venue information

Opening times

Daily, including bank holidays, 10am – 5pm Closed 24 – 26 Dec

Entry details

Tickets 10 2.30pm
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