South Asia

Art of the Mughal empire

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

1526 - present

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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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