The wisdom of the Chitrasutras, the oldest known treatise on painting in the world




Chitrasutra - the ancient Indian treatise on painting, follows the traditional pattern of exploring the various dimensions of a subject through conversations (Samvada) that take place between a learned Master and an ardent seeker eager to learn and understand.


It employs the pretext of a conversation between the sage Markandeya and king Vajra who seeks knowledge about image making (shilpa). In that context, Chitrasutra makes some amazing statements, like the one above!

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