The Mughal school of miniature painting flourished in northern India in the 16th and 17th centuries under the patronage of the Mughal emperors Akbar, Jahangir and Shah Jahan. Rooted in a diverse mix of cultural, religious and artistic traditions, it became one of the richest and most productive schools in the whole history of Islamic art. In this new edition, featuring many additional full-colour illustrations from the matchless collection of the British Museum, J.M. Rogers explores the development of Mughal painting from its early beginnings to the masterpieces created by the court studios for the books and albums of their demanding imperial patrons. He describes the historical setting in which the Mughal artists worked and gives insights into the materials and techniques they used to create their brilliant effects with such consummate skill. The paintings reproduced in this book cover the full range of Mughal miniature art, from manuscript illustrations of biographical, historical or mythological works to courtly portrait albums with both human and animal subjects. This is the ultimate concise yet illuminating introduction to the paintings, painters and royal patrons of Mughal India.
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Abu'l-Fazl Abu'l-Hasan Agra Akbar Akbar-ndme Akbar's court Akbar's studio Albert Museum album compiled Album leaf Allahabad Aqa Riza artists attributed Babur Bdbur-ndme British Library British Museum cAbd al-Rahim cAbd al-Samad calligraphers cm inside margins colour commissioned composition contemporary copy Dara Shikoh Delhi Early seventeenth century engraving Europe European evidently executed Fatehpur Sikri finest Flemish Freer Gallery gold inks Gouache and gold Gouache on paper Hamza-ndme Herat Hindu Humayun Husayn illuminated Imperial albums Imperial Mughal Imperial studio inks on paper Islamic Jahanglr Jesuits Kabul Khamsa Khamsa of Nizaml Khan Khan-i Khanan landscapes Manohar Mansur memoirs Milo Cleveland Beach miniature Mughal court Mughal India Mughal painting Mughal studio Muhammad Muslim nacf OPPOSITE Ottomans palace Period of Jahangir Persian Polier album portraits prince probably regnal rulers Safavid Safavid Shah Samarkand scene scriptorium Shah cAbbas Shah Jahan Shdhndme shows sixteenth century style Sultan Tabriz Tamerlane tapestries taste Timurid Victoria and Albert