was in the forefront in all fields of creative art and architecture under
illustrious rulers as Maharanas Kumbha and Sanga. Illustrated manuscripts
produced at Chittor, Delwada, Ahar and Chawand from 13th century onwards
provide a continuous history of the Mewar School. A Ragamala set painted at
Chawand in 1605 AD by Nisardi is a landmark of this school followed by many
masterpieces of Manohar and others produced under Maharana Jagat Singh.
Multi-painting sets of Ramayana, Gita-Govinda, Sur Sagar, Arsh Ramayana
and Rasikapriya were prepared in an unmistakably bold, colourful and
well defined style. These were followed by many large court paintings
showing the Maharana in outings and hunting expeditions or attending
religious festivities. Portraits, sets of Ragamala paintings, divinities and
scenes of folk legends were also produced in large numbers.
became an important religious and artistic center in the 17th century and
pictures and Pichwais or large screen paintings were produced in
abundance. Other sub-schools of Mewar are Devgarh, Sawar, Sirohi, Shahpura,
Pratapgarh, Banswara and Dungarpur, each showing its own regional
characteristic in a subtle but recognizable manner.