|Portrayal of Women
Women of Ajanta are the art connoisseur's delight. The Ajanta artist has painted the whole range of women characters: ladies of court and their maids, dancers, common women in their house-hold chores. The woman was the theme that gave full scope for expression of creative genius for the Ajanta artist.
The artist had succeeded in reproducing the soft roundness of her breasts, the curves of her hips, the turn of her head, the gestures of her hands and the slanting glance of her eyes. It is intriguing that most of Ajanta heroines are depicted naked, or in near nudity, while all the others in the same scene are fully clothed.
Clothed in Nakedness
Nanda's wife, the central figure, is naked whereas all the maids are fully clothed.
Black is Beautiful
Many heroines of Ajanta are dark complexioned. Perhaps contemporary taste included black as an attractive complexion for skin.
We wonder why very sensuous women were painted at all in these religious caves