Mughal Empire

Mughal Art peaks
Abul Hasan and Manohar, with Jahangir in the Darbar, from the Jahangir-nama, c. 1620. ©Image Attribution forthcoming. Image belongs to the respective owner(s).
1620 Jan 1

Mughal Art peaks


Mughal art reaches a high point under Jahangir's rule. Jahangir was fascinated with art and architecture. In his autobiography, the Jahangirnama, Jahangir recorded events that occurred during his reign, descriptions of flora and fauna that he encountered, and other aspects of daily life, and commissioned court painters such as Ustad Mansur to paint detailed pieces that would accompany his vivid prose. In the foreword to W. M. Thackston’s translation of the Jahangirnama, Milo Cleveland Beach explains that Jahangir ruled during a time of considerably stable political control, and had the opportunity to order artists to create art to accompany his memoirs that were “in response to the emperor’s current enthusiasms”

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