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The Illustrated Akbarnama: A Historical Sourcebook

Som Prakash Verma (Author)

Complete with 114 beautiful reproductions from the Akbarnama, this exquisite volume is an important sourcebook for art historians, scholars, and connoisseurs of Mughal history and art. Based on authoritative translations, it provides a fresh treatment of the source material and highlights vivid accounts of historical events. A multi-faceted personality, Emperor Akbar took a personal interest in the arts, in particular the art of the illustrated book. During his reign there was a significant departure from the traditional styles and techniques of Persian painting. There was also a move away from religious symbolism towards realism in relation to nature as well as to portraiture. This fascinating book brings all these factors to life.

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About the author

Som Prakash Verma

Professor Som Prakash Verma (b.1942), an art historian, at present at the Centre of Advanced Study, Department of History, Aligarh Muslim University, has written two books and has also contributed to scholarly and art journals. His art and Material Culture in the Paintings of Akbar's Court published in 1978 may rightly be said to be the first authentic treatment of art as a source of history by an Indian scholar. His volume, Mughal Painters and Their Work- A Biographical Survey and Comprehensive Catalogue, has been published in 1994 by the Oxford University Press, New Delhi. This is a very important work of reference, indispensable for students of Mughal painting. He has edited Art and Culture (Felicitation Volume in Honour of Professor S. Nurul Hasan) jointly with Professor Ahsan Jan Qaisar (1993); and is the Guest-Editor of the Marg Volume: Flora and Fauna in Mughal Art (forthcoming). Professor Verma is a practicing artist as well. He is the recipient of two prestigious awards by the Indian Academy of Fine Arts, Amritsar (1981) and the Academy of Fine Arts, Calcutta (1982); and his paintings are known in the art galleries, government and private art collections in India and abroad. The exhibitions of historical miniatures (reproductions) prepared by him: (1) Everyday Life and Work in Mughal India (1984), (2) Medieval Technology-Illustrations from Indian Art (1984), (3) Wild Life in Mughal Painting (1985), (4) Medieval Indian Architecture (1986), and (5) The Life of Akbar as Illustrated in Contemporary Miniatures (1992) provide invaluable data on Indian society, culture, art, architecture and technology. At present these are lodged in the Seminar Library, Department of History (AMU). In 1986-7, Professor Verma worked at the Freer Gallery of Art, Smithsonian Institution, and Washington, D.C. as a Fulbright Fellow.

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Title The Illustrated Akbarnama: A Historical Sourcebook
Format Hardcover
Date published: 31.12.2019
Edition 1st ed.
Publisher South Asia Press
Language: English
isbn 8193610474
length xxxv+308p., Illustrations; (colour); 25cm.