Art of the Mughal empire

Islam gained influence in India under the Mughals in the sixteenth century.

1526 - 1858

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Humayun’s tomb
Humayun’s tomb

This tomb, built in 1570, is of particular cultural significance as it was the first garden-tomb on the Indian subcontinent.

Portrait of Shah ‘Abbas I of Iran
Portrait of Shah ‘Abbas I of Iran

Likenesses of rulers and dignitaries played a significant role in diplomacy.

Exploring Color in Mughal Paintings
Exploring Color in Mughal Paintings

Curious about the vibrant colors in Mughal paintings? Learn about the art of imperial painting here.

The Taj Mahal
The Taj Mahal

This huge white-marble mausoleum is recognized the world over for its splendor, symmetry, and stunning gardens.

Bichitr, <em>Jahangir Preferring a Sufi Shaikh to Kings</em>
Bichitr, Jahangir Preferring a Sufi Shaikh to Kings

Who’s that in the plumed hat? From emperors to kings, the painter Bichitr mastered court portraiture.

Illustration from the <em>Akbarnama</em>
Illustration from the Akbarnama

Under Akbar the Great, the Mughal style of painting blended Indian, Persian, and Western artistic traditions.

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