Saturday, April 11th, 2009 | Author:

The rise and fall of Mughal painting is an interesting story. The painting is a form of miniature painting that includes portraits and can also be seen in the form of pictures in select books. Humayun was a great lover of art and during his reign he noticed the special art form in Persian paintings. With his encouragement Persian art form came to India, was influenced also by other cultures in India and grew to be typically known as Mughal painting.


The following successors of Mughal empire like Akbar and Shahjahan greatly patronized the art form. Akbar The great extended his secular thoughts also to Mughal painting. During his time the mughal painting included stories from Indian epics. Court scenes, palkhi processions and the majestic portraits of rulers were the chief motifs.  Jahangir highly believed in this art form and also added many illusionary skills to the same. The painting was modified with finer brush strokes and wide colors that the contemporary styles during earlier times.


It also became a penchant of many English rulers who loved this form of painting and the Mughal kings sent gifts in the form of their portraits or life sketch on canvas. Truly in the ethnic style, the painting also started gaining momentum with bold depictions and illusionary effects. The main theme of the painting exists in bright colors and a royal flair to its creations. It has a highly artistic tone in vibrant royalty.


Compilation of Mughal painting during the 19th century was seen as an album that was contributed by the team work of many painters. The painting works were also embossed to secure the effectiveness. Mughal painting reached its zenith but also declined at a faster speed. Mughal paint works are rare and some museums show case the art work of noted painters with great respect.

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