Indian Court Painting, 16th-19th Century
Paintings of extraordinary beauty and variety were made for the many royal courts of India during a golden age that unfolded in the sixteenth century and lasted well into the British period. In India, two artistic traditions converged. The indigenous Rajput culture produced exuberant, vibrantly colored, boldly patterned illustrations of Hindu myths and epics. The entirely different art of the Islamic Mughal invaders, subtle and naturalistic, mainly presented elegant scenes of court life and history. From the cross-fertilization of these two traditions, a multiplicity of highly original painting styles blossomed and flourished.
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Akbar artists Aurangzeb Basohli style Bikaner Bundi composition Deccan decorative Delhi Delhi-Agra area demon depiction Devi drawing Edwin Binney eighteenth century ﬁg ﬁgures ﬁnest ﬁnish ﬁrst ﬂat Fletcher Fund ﬂowers foreground Gift goddess gold on paper Guler Harvard University Art Hindu Hindu courts illustrated images imperial atelier Indian painting Ink and opaque Isarda Islamic Jahangir Kangra Kishangarh Kota Krishna Kronos Collections landscape maharaja Manaku Mandi manuscript Mewar Mughal court Mughal inﬂuence Mughal painting Mughal style Muhammad Shah Museum of Art musical modes Muslim Nainsukh NewYork Purchase NewYork Rogers Fund opaque watercolor Pahari painters palette paper 11 pattern period of Akbar pictorial picture plane picture’s portrait PRINCE proﬁle Punjab Hills Radha Ragamala Raja Rajasthan Rajasthani courts Rajput painting Rama Ramayana royal Sackler Museum scene Shah Jahan Shangri Shiva silver on paper Singh space stylized terrace traditional Rajput University Art Museums viewer watercolor on paper Welch