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Aspects of Mughal Painting, Vol. I. Expressions and Impressions

S P Verma (Author)
Synopsis Present collection of essays researched and analyzed by S.P. Verma, since 1973, provides the readers an introduction to the Mughal painting. The sixteen studies in this volume offer afresh interpretation of the Mughal miniatures. These relate to the aesthetic values, art-forms, signs and symbols, and the social and cultural history. Most importantly, Akbar's attempt to liberate painting from the straitjacket of sectarian ideology is the theme of Chapter 1.2. The 'artists signatures' (Chapter 1.4) and 'self-portraits' (Chapter 3.4) are the new features introduced with the rise of Mughal school. The volume draws on diverse textual sources to delve into the social history of dominant themes, motifs and styles. Verma presents a vivid account of the sixteenth century narrative art (Chapter 2.1), and major illustrated manuscripts (Chapters 2.2-3.4 and 7). Chapter 1.1 provides insights into the life and times of patrons and artists. Verma also touches parallel art traditions. His approach to the subject features the Mughal painting as an historical source.

Present thematic volume will interest serious scholars and students of Mughal history and cultural studies, and also art historians, connoisseurs of art and those interested in the development of painting in South Asia.
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About the author

S P Verma

Professor S.P. Verma (b.1942) taught at the Department of History, Aligarh Muslim University. He has published extensively on Indian miniatures and British paintings narrating the events of the Revolt of 1857 including Art and Material Culture in the Paintings of Akbar's Court (1978); Mughal Painters and Their Work, A Biographical Survey and Comprehensive Catalogue (1994); Mughal Painter of Flora and Fauna: Ustad Mansur (1999); Painting the Mughal Experience (2005); Eighteen Fifty Seven: Revolt and Contemporary Visuals (2007); and Crossing Cultural Frontiers: Biblical Themes in Mughal Painting (2011) and as editor Flora and Fauna in Mughal Art (1999), and 1857: An Illustrated History (2008). In 1986-87, Dr. Verma worked at the Freer Gallery of Art, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C. as a Fulbright Fellow, and in 2005-06 at the Aligarh Muslim University as a Senior Fellow in History (ICHR). Dr. Verma, a practicing artist as well, is the recipient of two prestigious awards by the Indian Academy of Fine Arts, Amritsar (1981), and the Academy of Fine Arts, Kolkata (1982). Currently, Dr. Verma is an Emeritus Fellow in History (UGC) at Aligarh Muslim University.

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Title Aspects of Mughal Painting, Vol. I. Expressions and Impressions
Author S P Verma
Format Hardcover
Date published: 19.10.2009
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 8170174511
length 1282 p., 39 Color Plates; 105 B/w Plates.