Mughal Paintings

Mughal Painting

Mughal Painting

India as a country has the knack of accepting new cultures and traditions. This was evident during the period spanning the 16th and the 19th centuries. The Mughals started ruling India. They were responsible for creating what is today known as Mughal Paintings.

The kings and queens of this important learning period took keen interest in promoting Mughal arts and crafts. Emperors like Akbar (1556-1605) made it a practice to encourage all kinds of artisans. In fact, Akbar was responsible for creating a new capital in Fatehpur Sikri, where he collected numerous artisans from India and Persia. After him Jehangir continued this trend. He encouraged artists to paint portraits and durbar scenes. Next after him to propagate these paintings was Shah Jehan (1627-1658). Until the reign of Shah Jehan, craftsmen and artisans flocked the Mughal ruled states for work. But the popularity of Mughal Paintings started waning during the reign of Aurangzeb as he was not interested in the arts.

As far as style is concerned, Mughal paintings depict a particular style of Indian painting, which confines itself to illustrations on a book and done in miniatures. Of the two types of paintings made famous by Indian artisans, miniature paintings were widely used in the creation of this enchanting work. As it is evident from above, Mughal paintings were a mix of Indian, Persian and Islamic styles. This was done by artisans from India, Persia or the Islamic countries. The royalty encouraged paintings as they wanted a record of their deeds in battle and their customs and traditions.

Mughal Painting

Mughal Painting

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