Miniature art is fine art. Miniature art is a specialty art, not a novelty art. Through the ages it has been considered an art form. Miniature art is most often extremely detailed work, exquisite in color with a strength of composition which can more than compete with larger paintings. A compositional guide requires a gentle, no more than 1/6th scale of the actual subject.
A miniature usually takes as long or longer to produce as a large piece of art. A fine miniature can be magnified many times and it will still hold together as a fine work of art of much greater size.
Whatever technique is used, it should be meticulously handled and the workmanship flawless. This unique art form, based on a minute scale, traces its roots back to the book paintings and illuminated manuscripts of the 7th century.
In the Middle Ages, monks often embellished manuscript pages with delicate illuminations and bordered them with a red lead pigment called "minium" from which "miniature" later involved. Elizabethan England was noted for its miniature portraits on vellum and later ivory, which served much as small photographs do today. A very personalized form of art, it was easily carried in pocket or locket.
The miniature by virtue of its detail and the finest execution of medium must stand up to the closest inspection, while at the same time hold its own with good composition and tonal balance when viewed from afar.