Sunday, February 25, 2007

What size are miniature paintings?

Sandra asks:
How small are miniature paintings?

Miniature paintings are actually a very old art form. To qualify as a miniature, a painting must be no larger than 4"x6", although some organizations have a smaller size requirement. There are also requirements regarding the finished size to the outside of the frame. Another requirement is that they be no larger than 1/6 scale. That is, if an object is 6-inches tall in real life, it can be no larger than 1-inch tall in a miniature painting. This requirement can be overlooked in certain circumstances, but it is the general rule. It is also a requirement that the painting be able to stand up to being enlarged. That is, there must be sufficient detail that enlarging the painting will not distort the detail. There are a large number of painters who specialize in painting miniatures and there are a number of miniature shows around the country and around the world each year that draw hundreds of entries. There are even collectors who specialize in miniatures.
Hope this helps,
Judy Leasure, TDA

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