Discoveries: India and the Mughal Dynasty

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Harry N. Abrams, Mar 1, 1998 - History - 160 pages
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In the 16th century the Mughal emperors of India were among the greatest and most magnificent rulers of the East. Their arts of painting and architecture were peerless, their wealth fabulous, their courts renowned for culture and refinement, their jewels incomparable. This book follows the rise of the Mughal dynasty in the 16th century, its heyday in the 17th, and its decline in the 19th. Fabled India: here we meet the legendary emperors Babur and Akbar the Great; we enter their splendid courts and discover their political schemes and ambitions, their marvelous artists, their lavish ceremonies, their high learning. The Mughal kingdoms comprised both Muslim and Hindu Lands, and ranged from Kashmir to Afghanistan to Samarkand. Art, science, craftsmanship, political policy, and military strategy: all are here, echoing in the vast spaces of the Taj Mahal and the scented gardens of Shalimar.

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Mary Hunt Kahlenberg was assistant curator of Eastern Hemisphere textiles at the Textile Museum in Washington, D.C. and curator of the Textile and Costume Department at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. She curated the Neutrogena Corporation's art collection and oversaw its transfer to the Museum of International Folk Art in Santa Fe. She has written extensively on Navajo and Indonesian textiles. Her best known books are" Walk in Beauty," "The Navajo and their Blankets," "Textile Traditions of Indonesia" and "The Extraordinary in the Ordinary: Textiles and Objects from the Neutrogena Collection." She is president of the Tai Gallery/Textile Arts in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
Frieda Sorber, master degree in History of Art and Archaeology at the University of Gent, 1976. Since 1976, first assistant curator: later curator of the Antwerp Provincial Costume and Textile Museum. Regularly involved in fieldwork on the subject of costume and textile tradition in Morocco, Indonesia and the Near and Middle East. She has taken part in several exhibitions and video production in Belgium, the United States and Morocco.
Valerie Berinstain, master degree in History of Art and Indian Studies. Formerly curator of the Asian Textiles Collection of the AEDTA, subsequently lecturer at the Institute of Art and Archaeology and at the National Institute of Oriental Languages and Civilizations, Paris. Author of several works, publications and articles, e.g., "Phulkary, fleurs brodees du Punjab," AEDTA, Paris 1992.
Claudine Delecourt, graduate in history, history of art and archaeology. She has worked with the "Service Educatif et Conferencier des Musees Royaux et d'Histoire de Bruxelles." Author of"Vie quotidienne au Tibet," Musees Royaux d'Art et d'Histoire, 1989, and of the "Catalogue" of the Musee of Mariemont.
Sandrard spent her childhood in Africa. She has shared her life with a sculptor, who has sharpened her natural sense of space, forms and colours. Sandrard is a creative artist and a passionate stylist of costumes that-- by working with the softness or stiffness of materials-- she effectively harmonizes with sensitivity and originality.
Mauro Magliani is one of the most active Italian photographers in the field of the reproduction of objects and works of art. Along with his wife, Barbara Piovan, he has collaborated since 1986 with the most important Italian and European art publishers, realising photographic reports in Italy and abroad.

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