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Mughal Painting
Mughal Painting
Young Prince Akbar

Perhaps the greatest of Mughal arts were manuscript illuminations. The Mughals combined several artistic traditions in these illuminated manuscripts, but the most conspicuous tradition is Persian miniature painting.

Copyright, 1995, Corel Corporation. See the Corel License Agreement under which these pictures are published. This image is to be used only for educational activities in connection with the classes connected to this site.


Akbar as a Boy

This painting represents Akbar around 1517 AD. Note carefully the conjunction of the flower, meaning calm and beauty, and the sword, which represents power and justice. Note also the spareness of the illustration and the relatively small size of Akbar.

Image taken from Vincent A. Smith, Akbar the Great Mogul , 2nd Edition (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1917), frontispiece; this image is in the public domain and is free for any use whatsoever.


Young Prince on Horseback

The artist is known as "Jahangir's painter" and is responsible for one of the most exquisite illuminated manuscripts in the world. The rich lines, flat perspective, and small figures give a sense of the Mughal feeling for the overwhelming power of nature and human artistry. Note the relationships between the Prince and his entourage.

Copyright, 1995, Corel Corporation. See the Corel License Agreement under which these pictures are published. This image is to be used only for educational activities in connection with the classes connected to this site.


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