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Persian Paintings

Saturday, May 23rd, 2009 | Author:

Indian art world has accepted and nourished several forms of art. The cultural and ideological differences have been blurred under the bigger goal of excellence of art. How else could one explain acceptance and excellence of Jain illustrations, Buddhist paintings and Islamic Paintings? If we talk about Islamic paintings, they clearly represent theological aspect. Geographical aspects have taken a back seat when it comes to assimilation of different forms of art and paintings in India.


Islamic paintings are closely related to Persian paintings and Mughal paintings. Persian paintings mainly represented rulers and kings of that era who had conquered everything. These paintings also depicted religious interpretations of Islam in Persian way. A look at these paintings and one is bound to get mesmerized by the wonderful usage of vivid colors and unique use of geometry. The major themes were court scenes and battle sequences. Persian miniatures have made a name for themselves by the sheer symmetry. Islamic paintings excelled at abstracted floral designs and geometric designs. Islamic artists were wonderful at depicting rhythmic pattern of script.  


Many people tend to think of Mughal paintings and Persian paintings in similar way but it couldn’t be farther from truth. Mughal paintings are more based on imagination that was beautifully represented through richly draped figures. Many court scenes have been painted. The choice of themes is very different from Persian paintings. The later one is extremely illustrative. It is a wonderful combination of art and poetry. In fact, the Persian paintings take its inspiration from great Persian poems whereas Mughal paintings were a classical and eclectic mix of Indian and Persian styles. Mughal paintings are not really known for realism yet they bear proud testimonials of that era.