About Mughal Miniature Painting
Carroll, Colleen, Arts & Activities
While the art of manuscript illustration was reaching its zenith in Italy, miniature painting was just taking hold in Northern India under the patronage of the Mughal emperor, Akbar the Great (reigned 1556-1605). Akbar, and later his son, Jahangir (reigned 1605-1627), took great pride in gathering around them the greatest artists and thinkers of the day.
By the later part of the 16th century, Akbar the Great had a stable of over 100 painters at his disposal. Jahangir, like his father, was a passionate patron of the arts, and took great pride in his ability to identify an artist's style.
"As regards myself," he wrote, "my liking for painting and my practice in judging it have arrived at such a point that when any work is brought before me, either of deceased artists or of those of the present day, without the name being told me, I can say on the spur of the moment that it is the work of such and such a man." (Source: www.britishmuseum.org.)
Mughal miniature paintings are among history's most diverse art forms, combining cross-cultural aspects of ethnic and religious influences. …