Mughal Painting

Mughal painting developed under Akbar and his successors. They can be classified into

two categories:
  1. Persian factor is prominent,
  2. Portraits.
The former consists of illustration in manuscripts and the latter portraits mounted as album pages. The representation of historical events, typical darbar scenes show the true character of the Mughal style of painting.
Most significant are Hamza Nama, Razm-Nama or “The Book of War”, Akbar Nama.
Mughal artists were influenced by European subject matter, motifs, and techniques. So, they gradually abandoned the Persian mode of colouring and took to the technique of representing consistent lighting through chiaroscuro. During Jahangir’s time Animal paintings reached new height. Shah Jahan –Nama was also vital work.



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