MUGHAL PAINTINGS AND ART

Beauty In Movement
Backorder
13.0" x 10.0"
$360
FREE Delivery
Elephant Herd
Backorder
6.5" x 10.5"
$380
FREE Delivery
Wishing to Bestow Every Happiness in the World on Her....
Backorder
Royal Elephant
Backorder
11.0" x 8.5"
$210
FREE Delivery
A Sikh Chieftain
Backorder
4.0" X 8.0"
$180
FREE Delivery
The Traveller
Backorder
3.0" x 6.0"
$145
FREE Delivery
The Game of Hopscotch
Backorder
13.5" x 10.5"
$360
FREE Delivery
Music of the Soul
Backorder
13.0" x 10.0"
$360
FREE Delivery
Portrait of Shahjahan
Backorder
7.0" x 11.0"
$295
FREE Delivery
Shah Jahan
Backorder
6.0" x 8.0"
$435
FREE Delivery
Portrait of a Dignitary
Backorder
6.5" x 8.5"
$330
FREE Delivery
Jehangir at His Court
Backorder
16.5" x 12.5"
$420
FREE Delivery
Pheasant
Backorder
10.5" X 8.3"
$205
FREE Delivery
Celebrations!
Backorder
10.0" x 13.5"
$360
FREE Delivery
Battle with the Hazars, from the Baburnama
Backorder
7.0" X 10.0"
$315
FREE Delivery
The Cloth Merchant
Backorder
9.5" x 12.5"
$360
FREE Delivery
At the Florist
Backorder
10.0" x 13.0"
$360
FREE Delivery
Dance of the Kanjars - A Gypsy Tribe
Backorder
12.5" x 9.5"
$520
FREE Delivery
The Performers
Backorder
15.0" x 11.5"
$420
FREE Delivery
'Come Hither, My Love'
Backorder
9.5" x 12.7"
$360
FREE Delivery
Hunt Gone Awry
Backorder
6.5" X 10.5"
$305
FREE Delivery
Maidens Welcoming the Arrival of Shravana
Backorder
13.0 INCH HEIGHT X 10.0 INCH WIDTH
$475
FREE Delivery
The Light Leads But Let a Protective Hand Guard It
Backorder
10.5" x 13.5"
$380
FREE Delivery
The First Time (Suhag Raat)
Backorder
13.0" x 10.0"
$420
FREE Delivery
Exemplary Courage
Backorder
5.0" X 7.0"
$40
FREE Delivery
Delight in Dancing
Backorder
5.0" x 7.0"
$100
FREE Delivery
Filter
Filter by Material
Filter by Size
Filter by Price ($40 - $3230)

Mughal Painting

The Mughal school of painting runs parallel to the Mughal dynasty. It came into prominence in the sixteenth century, during the reign of king Akbar. It reached its zenith under the patronage of Akbar’s grandson – king Jahangir. The reign of the latter’s successor king Shah Jahan saw its decline and finally under the unsympathetic Aurangzeb it breathed its last. Indeed, as a school of art, the duration of Mughal painting was a limited one, extending only over approximately two and a half centuries. Actually, it has often been referred to as not exactly a school, but rather an exceptionally brilliant phase in Indian art.


The roots of Mughal painting lay in Samarkand and Herat, where under the patronage of the Timurid kings, Persian art reached its apogee. Babur, a descendant of Timur, and the founder of the Mughal dynasty, speaks of a person named ‘Bihzad’ as ‘a most eminent painter’. It was with the descendants of Bihzad and the deep personal interest taken by Akbar, the grandson of king Babur, that the Mughal school of art started off with a flourish.


Regarding the aesthetics of Mughal painting, one exceptional feature is its commitment to realism or the delineation of likeness. The subjects were majorly drawn from the extremely rich and magnificent court life under the Mughals. That this was a flourishing art during Akbar’s reign is borne out by the list of more than forty painters found in a book written during his era.


However, it was under Akbar’s son Jehangir that Mughal painting gained its highest peaks. Not only portraits and hunting scenes, but also scientific studies of botany and natural history found favor with the artists under the king’s support. The Mughal painters were asked to paint unusual specimens of flora and fauna in their exact likeness. Some of these skilfully painted pictures have survived till today, narrating to us the uniqueness of those rich times.


Under the reign of Shajahan, son of Jahangir, the Mughal school of painting entered its decline. The actual treatment of the subject matter is replaced with more decorative embellishments like rich flowery borders etc. Under Shahjahan architecture scaled new peaks (Taj Mahal etc.), but painting deteriorated. Finally, with the rise of Aurangzeb, Mughal painting breathed its last.


FAQs


Q1. What are the main features of Mughal art?

 

A distinct sense of naturalism in the composition separates Mughal art from other schools of Indian paintings, lending it a rich appearance and realism. An understanding of perception, depth, visual reality and a balance between hidden meaning and observable form in the composition are some other characteristics of Mughal artworks. 

 

Q2. Why is Mughal art important?

 

Mughal art is praised worldwide for the degree of inspiration it draws from Indian culture and the subsequent impact it has on the regional artworks in India. As a school of painting that was patronized by the royal court, Mughal paintings are also a direct and unmatched source of history for the Mughal period and assist historians in understanding the socio-political and cultural context of medieval India from the 16th century to 19th century CE. 

 

Q3. How did the Mughals contribute to art?

 

Coming from a religious context, i.e. Islam, where representing the human form was forbidden, the Mughals embraced the socio-cultural and artistic traditions of India, and this adaptability of the Mughals contributed to the emergence of a school of Indian painting, which was unique, aesthetically endowed and enriched by different artistic streams. Inspired by the traditional Hindu, Buddhist, and Jain artworks, Persian art, and European elements, Mughal paintings grew into a formidable art form. Even when the Mughal court in Delhi weakened with the arrival of the British, the elements of Mughal paintings remained intact in the regional kingdoms where they mated with local art forms and birthed newer Indian regional styles, which have gained a huge fandom in the contemporary art world.