The art of India start in the neolithic era of the Stone Age, with petroglyphs which were exposed at Bhimbetka and further place. These ancient artworks have been dated to as far back as 5,500 BCE. Presently, Buddhists were linked through several instances of cave art, which was imitated in the seventh century by Hindus at Badami, Aihole, Ellora, Salsette, Elephanta, Aurangabad and Mamallapuram.
In addition, Buddhist literature is filled of descriptions about late Iron period royal palaces in India organism decorated with a variety of frescoes and panel paintings however no such works have survived. The greatest early frescoes to have emerged are those from the Brihadisvara Temple at Chola, and the murals on temple walls in Pundarikapuram, Ettumanoor, Aymanam and Trivandrum.
Mughal painting is a miniaturist style of Indian painting, naturally executed to illustrate texts and manuscripts. It emerged and flourished during the the Mughal Empire in the sixteenth-nineteenth centuries, coinciding with the increase in the art of lighting in Persia, which achieve its heyday during the Safavid Dynasty (1501-1722). In fact, Mughal pictures were a blend of Indian and Islamic art. One of the key patrons of Mughal painting was Akbar (1556-1605). At Fatehpur Sikri, he effective the two Persian master painters Abdus Samad and Mir Sayyid Ali, and attracted artists from during India and Persia. They painted on cloth using vivid reds, blues and greens, as fine more muted Persian colours of pink and peach.