Author: DaljeetPublisher: Prakash BooksYear: 1999Language: EnglishPages: 143ISBN/UPC (if available): 817234015x
Presents paintings from the National Museum and some of the rare works reproduced here include, for the first time in print, several masterpieces.A rare synthesis of visuals of Mughal and Deccani miniatures - including rare, unpublished works - with supporting text that highlights the details of both the generic subject matter and individual details, this book is essentially an encyclopedic catalogue. The rich treasury of pictures is accompanied by a text that has nuances to add to the knowledge of art between the sixteenth and eighteenth centuries, along with indicative differences between these two distinctive schools of miniature painting. The rich repository of information contains references to popular fables, legends and myths, and the manner in which these have been used by the artists. This in turn, establishes a social history of the times since both the subjects and their treatment include cultural, political and social denominators.The artistic treatment, the geographic delineation's, and the Islamic and Safavid Persian inspiration that egged on the artists, and their aristocratic patrons, has resulted in a body of work that chronicles contemporary mores from a fascinating period in Indian history.