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Jahangir: A Connoisseur of Mughal Art

Sanjeev P. Srivastava (Author)
Synopsis Jahangir: A Connoisseur of Mughal Art is author's third great work showing the character and personality of Prince Salim who ruled India after the death of Akbar. It tends to portray the aesthetic taste of Emperor Jahangir as an unrivalled connoisseur of Mughal art besides being a shrewd administrator of Mughal empire. The present study based on authentic primary sources attempts to present the artistic heritage of his ancestors followed by his own innovations known as Muraqqas in miniature painting which stand out as rare specimens of Mughal painting in the entire range of art history. Jahangir, who has been depicted as a great campaigner of wars, was also an avowed lover of natural phenomena as also famous naturalist lover of Mughal art. What excelled all other styles of his reign was aspect of sophistication and refinement which characterize the miniatures, muraqqas produced in Jahangir's atelier. It was based on detailed analytical study of the pictures which helped him to assess the trends and tendencies patronised by him. Jahangir devoted enough time to the study and enjoyment of painting during his stay at Lahore which became a hub of artistic activity. It was here that most significant manuscripts were illustrated. Many noted artists worked at Lahore kingdom. Lahore became the second capital of the Mughal empire from where radiated art, culture, language and literature throughout India. He was a man of wide literary taste, having intense love for poetry, music, history, geography, architecture, painting and fine arts. A typical Mughal culture would have been impossible without this intellectual and artistic contribution. This is the first comprehensive and intimate book on the art and aesthetic patronage of emperor Jahangir who inherited great splendours of art and wealth from his father Akbar the Great. This book presents fabulous folios from Gulshan Album and Muraqqas which once belonged to Emperor Jahangir's treasure. This book also highlights the interest emperor Jahangir took in the production of sumptuous pictures which beautify the museums of U.S.A. and France. More importantly, Jahangir has come out as a great connoisseur of Mughal art through this work. Author Dr. Sanjeev Srivastava has successfully exhibited him as a passionate lover of world of nature and wild life. This would well enshrine any museum, library and antique dealer's window.
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About the author

Sanjeev P. Srivastava

Dr. Sanjeev P. Srivastava is an energetic scholar of Indian art teaching the Postgradugate classes in Fine Arts in the Government College for Girls, Patiala. His publications include, Jahangir as a Connoiseur of Mughal Art, Art and Cultural Heritage of Patiala. He is the Deputy Editor of Encyclopaedia which is being published in Delhi. He has done a remarkable job in photographing the art monuments of Patiala city for Punjab Government. He is Coauthor of this book.

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Bibliographic information

Title Jahangir: A Connoisseur of Mughal Art
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.2001
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 8170173868
length 155p., Plates; References; Bibliography; Index.