The Mount View Holiday Bungalow


Sigiriya Drawings

Normally pictures are drawing on the canvas. Beyond that the paintings in the Sigiriya were drawn on the rock which the rough rock converted to the smooth delicate soft canvas by the painter. This rock can be indicating as the picture gallery. Because the largest picture in the world perhaps can find in there. The paintings of the Sigiriya would have covered most of the western face of the rock. It is covering an area 140 meters long and 40 meters high. There are 500 ladies in these paintings which are similar to the ladies of the Ajanta Caves of India. However, many more are lost forever and having been wiped out because of the several reasons. One thing was the palace once more became a monastery. And those paintings were disturbing for the meditation of the monks.  Some more frescoes can be seen elsewhere on the rock surface.  Those are different from the popular collection. On the surface of the location called the “Cobra Hood Cave”.

The picture style in the Sigiriya is measured as exclusive. Even though the lineup and manner of appliance of the painting reverse from paintings in Anuradhapura and other era. The appearances are painted in way which enhances the sense of volume of the figures. The paint has been applied in a form of extensive strokes. It is using more force on one side and by that it gives the effect of a deeper color towards the edge. Anuradhapura period paintings also contain similar approaches. But they do not have the unclear lines like in Sigiriya style. Ladies in the pictures are recognized as the daughters of king Kashyapa. They have been painted in gold and black since to make them more brilliant and beautiful. It is said that the King was very loving of his daughters. That is why he painted their portraits on the Sigiriya cavern ramparts.