Canvas: 1 definition


Canvas means something in Hinduism, Sanskrit. If you want to know the exact meaning, history, etymology or English translation of this term then check out the descriptions on this page. Add your comment or reference to a book if you want to contribute to this summary article.

In Hinduism

Shilpashastra (iconography)

Source: Shodhganga: Elements of Art and Architecture in the Trtiyakhanda of the Visnudharmottarapurana (shilpa)

The Canvas used for Painting in ancient India was commonly represented as a plastered wall, and can be denoted by the Sanskrit terms Kuḍya or Bhitta.—Canvas is a kind of surface on which a painter can draw a picture. In ancient time walls are seen to be plastered with different substances and these were prepared for Painting. The plastered wall which was used as canvas is known as kuḍya or bhitti. The process of preparing those walls for Painting was called as kuḍyanirmāṇa or bhittinirmāṇa. [...] In the Mānasollāsa also, lime is prescribed to make a canvas. The mixture, thus prepared for canvas is mixed with vālukā i.e., sand and it should be soaked in water having śakala i.e., the scales of a fish and then the mixture should be kept aside for a month for drying.

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Shilpashastra (शिल्पशास्त्र, śilpaśāstra) represents the ancient Indian science (shastra) of creative arts (shilpa) such as sculpture, iconography and painting. Closely related to Vastushastra (architecture), they often share the same literature.

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