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Painting the Mughal Experience

Painting the Mughal Experience
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Item Code: IDF047
Author: Som Prakash Verma
Publisher: Oxford University Press, New Delhi
Edition: 2005
ISBN: 0195667565
Pages: 197 (Color Illus: 36, B & W Illus: 18)
Cover: Hardcover
Other Details: 11.5" X 8.8"
990 gms
From the Jacket :

The relationship between art and the social, cultural, and political Institutions that sustain it is an interesting one, probing this relationship provides insights into the life and times of patrons and artists of any period in history. It illumines the values and concerns that shaped attitudes to creative activity at the time. In this beautifully designed book Verma uses a thematic approach to the history of Mughal painting, to provide an accessible unfolding of this valuable tradition.

Painting the Mughal Experience uses rare paintings from galleries across the world and draws on diverse textual sources to delve into the social history of dominant themes, motifs, and styles. The author provides a vivid account of the Mughal atelier and of the work of individual artists. In a comprehensive introduction he highlights the fresh treatment, in this style of painting, of real life situations - a feature that sets Mughal painting apart. Tracing the various influences on this magnificent genre of sixteenth-century narrative art, Verma also touches upon parallel artistic traditions.

Postraiture, the depiction of nature, and the illustration of margins in manuscripts - considered significant facets of Mughal painting - are looked at closely. Technical skills, motifs, and the symbolism so characteristic of this period are also discussed extensively. This volume also analyses the influence of European Renaissance art on Mughal Painting.

Enriched by the historian's craft this book is significant for the wide appeal it commands - it will not only interest serious scholars of Mughal history and cultural studies, but also art historians, connoisseurs of art, and those interested in the development of painting in South Asia.

About the Author :

Som Prakash Verma taught at the Department of History, Aligarh Muslim University. He is also a practicing artist and a recipient of two awards from the Indian Academy of Fine Arts.

CONTENTS

Acknowledgementsviii
List of Illustrationsx
Introduction1
1. The Atelier32
2. Narrative Art42
3.Portraiture57
4.Paintings on Natural History88
5.Margin-painting103
6.Ascriptions, Identical Versions, and Modern Attributions111
7.The Impact of Renaissance Art131
Abbreviations146
Glossary150
Bibliography153
Index179


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