Reverse painting is always considered as superior when compared with the canvass painting. The reason for this is various. So in order to understand the supremacy of reverse painting over normal painting it is necessary to differentiate both. In simple terms “reverse painting” means “painting in the opposite direction”. That is in reverse painting finishing touches and finer details are made first and then we go for background. Hence in reverse painting, painting side and the viewing side always differ. So when we view the image that we painted through the glass it will give a majestic look and that is the success of reverse painting in glass. If you use thick glasses then it will give more clarity and a three dimensional effect to your painting.
Though reverse painting has reached its zenith of development only now but the real history of glass painting can be traced before decades. In fact, glass painting was first developed in Italy and then flourished to Venice and Murano Island during the 14th and 15th century. Later Christian missionaries were attracted with the beauty of this rare art and thus this art occupied its place in churches as beautiful wall stories. As the time passed, this art form started developing which resulted in the designing of landscapes, portraits etc. Credit goes to Austria for developing this as a most popular form of art and as also developing this as a small scale industry. Later on this art form flourished in Europe as the painters started migrating there due to the scarcity of raw materials. Further when the transportation became expensive the glass makers were forced to migrate all through Europe. Thus this traditional style of art has found its place in various countries and continents. During the inter war period, this technique was nearly eliminated from the face of the earth. The post inter war era witnessed a marked change in not only in its method of paint composition and structural lay out, but also in its style and theme. But thanks to the presence of some traditional diehard reverse glass painters, the traditional rustic style still exists. Even in these calamities this art form never perished but it continued its journey successfully and thus flourished to India, China and other Far East countries. Thus the present form of reverse glass painting can be classified either as realistic or as abstract. Of the two, the realistic form is more challenging as care should be taken so as not to make any error. But with regard to the abstract version one can be more relaxed. No wonder that this style of painting as made its dent in various Hindu temples in southern India. The majestic and divine painting of Lord Krishna which adorns the Guruvayoor temple bears testimony to this fact. The main theme in such paintings depicts Hindu deities adorned with large amount of gold paint and colors. This style of painting has its own unique charisma with the gem stones being painted first and then coated with gold to provide the jewelry effect with acrylic paint being chosen as the painting medium. No wonder that this style of painting could be placed at par with the traditional Tanjore paintings in the coming years.
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