Monday, July 19, 2021

Mughal painting

Mughal painting was essentially a court art, developed under the patronage of the ruling Mughal emperors and began to decline when the rulers lost interest.

The ancestral home of Mughal painting was originally in Samarkand and Herat where, under the Timurid kings in the fifteenth century, Persian art reached its zenith.

Mughal emperors introduced their own style of painting with Persian inspirations and added new themes, colors and forms. The peak of Mughal painting presented a highly sophisticated blend of the Islamic, Hindu and European visual culture and aesthetics.

Mughal Painting owes its existence virtually to the patronage of the “Great Mughals” who ruled India for a few hundred years. In the Mughal courts, arts became more formalized as there were workshops and many artists were brought from Iran, which resulted in a harmonious blend of Indo-Iranian styles, especially during its early years.

Coming into prominence during the reign of Akbar in the later half of the sixteenth century, it attained its apogee under the imperial dilettante, Jahangir,

By the early 17th century, the Mughal painting had come under the western influence in such devices as the use of light and shade to capture space and volume, aerial perspective and the use of atmospheric effects to indicate spatial recession.
Mughal painting

Emperor Jahangir By Manohar

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