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Real Birds in Imagined Gardens : Mughal Painting Between Persia and Europe (Paperback) (Kavita Singh)

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Accounts of paintings produced during the Mughal dynasty (1526–1857) tend to trace a linear, “evolutionary” path and assert that, as European Renaissance prints reached and influenced Mughal artists, these artists abandoned a Persianate style in favor of a European one. Kavita Singh counters these accounts by demonstrating that Mughal painting did not follow a single arc of stylistic evolution. Instead, during the reigns of the emperors Akbar and Jahangir, Mughal painting underwent repeated cycles of adoption, rejection, and revival of both Persian and European styles. Singh’s subtle and original analysis suggests that the adoption and rejection of these styles was motivated as much by aesthetic interest as by court politics. She contends that Mughal painters were purposely selective in their use of European elements. Stylistic influences from Europe informed some aspects of the paintings, including the depiction of clothing and faces, but the symbolism, allusive practices, and overall composition remained inspired by Persian poetic and painterly conventions. Closely examining magnificent paintings from the period, Singh unravels this entangled history of politics and style and proposes new ways to understand the significance of naturalism and stylization in Mughal art.
Number of Pages: 107
Genre: Art
Series Title: Getty Research Institute Council Lecture
Format: Paperback
Publisher: J Paul Getty Museum Pubns
Author: Kavita Singh
Language: English
Street Date: March 1, 2017
TCIN: 52067124
UPC: 9781606065181
Item Number (DPCI): 248-40-5680
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