Glass paintings were introduced in India in the late 18th and early 19th century. It was already quite popular in Europe. In fact Europe had known the glass painting techniques and designs since the Middle Ages. From Europe the art of glass painting was brought to China.
The flourishing trade relations between East India Company and China brought glass painting art to India. Local painters were quick to adopt the techniques of glass paintings. They depicted popular stories, epic themes, icons, portraits, and icons through the glass paintings designs. Regional variations were also noticeable in the paintings produced in Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Kerala, Gujarat, Rajasthan, Awadh, New Delhi, Bihar, Bengal, Deccan, Satara, Hyderabad and Bombay. Glass was imported in India from Britain and Belgium.
Indian glass painters combined both traditional and European themes. The reproduction of European works as well as the symbolic depiction of Indian gods and goddesses were produced. Till today, in some parts of India especially in Gujarat and South India, glass paintings are produced carrying images from both popular and folk art traditions.
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