Paintings from Mughal India

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One of the great kingdoms of human history, the Mughal empire is now lost to the relentless sweep of time. But the wealth of art treasures the Mughals left behind is nonetheless a lasting testament to the sumptuousness of their culture. Among the most notable vestiges of their art are the lush miniature paintings of Mughal imperial life, and Andrew Topsfield explores a rich array of these painted works in Paintings from Mughal India. Between the sixteenth and eighteenth centuries, the Mughal emperors presided over a flourishing cultural renaissance, and these miniature paintings vividly depict the splendor of this period. Topsfield examines the paintings’ unique blend of Indian, Islamic, and Persian styles and analyzes their varied subjects—ranging from hunting, royal banquets, and other scenes of imperial life to legendary tales, mythic deities, and battles. Among the paintings featured in the book’s vibrant reproductions are works created between the reign of Akbar and the fall of Shah Jehanan—an era considered to be the height of Mughal painting—and illustrations from the celebrated Baharistan manuscript of 1595. A fascinating and gorgeously illustrated study, Paintings from Mughal India will be an invaluable resource for all art scholars and anyone interested in the legacy of the Mughal Empire.

A unique style of court painting, combining Persian, Indian and European elements, developed in India under the Mughal emperors in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. Originally an art of book illustration, it soon gave rise to highly naturalistic portraiture and scenes of court life, among other subjects. These elegant and expressive works reflect the splendour of the Mughal empire, as well as the enthusiasm of the emperors from Akbar (1556-1605) onwards for stories of adventure and romance, for the recording of great imperial assemblies, or the meticulous depiction of the flora and fauna of India. Among the highlights of the book are the illustrations to Akbar's magnificent Baharistan manuscript of 1595, and the court scenes from the reigns of Shah Jahan (1627-58) or the pleasure-loving Muhammad Shah (1719-48). This book reproduces many of the finest Mughal and Deccani paintings preserved in the Bodleian Library's rich and historic collection, largely formed between 1640 and 1900. These pictures range in date from around 1560 to 1800, when British influence was becoming dominant in India. Each image is presented as a full page colour plate with facing text describing its subject and significance, while the introduction situates the works within the general context of the period and its art. A number of textual revisions have been made since the book first appeared in 2008.

AuthorAndrew Topsfield
Height825 mm
Length600 mm
Width70 mm
Weight97 g
Language TypePublished
Number Of Items1
Number Of Pages184
Part Numberillustrations
Product GroupBook
Publication Date2013-08-30
PublisherThe Bodleian Library
StudioThe Bodleian Library
Sales Rank253432

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  • The author associated with Paintings from Mughal India is Andrew Topsfield.
  • The EAN for Paintings from Mughal India is 9781851240876.
  • The ISBN for Paintings from Mughal India is 185124087X.
  • The height for Paintings from Mughal India is 825 mm.
  • The length for Paintings from Mughal India is 600 mm.
  • The width for Paintings from Mughal India is 70 mm.
  • The weight for Paintings from Mughal India is 97 g.
  • The language for Paintings from Mughal India is English.
  • The MPN (Manufacturer's part number) for Paintings from Mughal India is illustrations.
  • The binding of Paintings from Mughal India is Paperback.
  • The number of items for Paintings from Mughal India is 1.
  • The number of pages for Paintings from Mughal India are 184.
  • The part number for Paintings from Mughal India is illustrations.
  • Paintings from Mughal India is grouped in Book group of products.
  • The publication date for Paintings from Mughal India is 2013-08-30.
  • The publisher for Paintings from Mughal India is The Bodleian Library.
  • The producer for Paintings from Mughal India is The Bodleian Library.
  • The sales rank for Paintings from Mughal India is 253432.