Abu’l Hasan, Emperor Jahangir Embraces Shah ‘Abbas

This masterpiece of watercolor, ink, silver and gold on paper isn't just brilliantly executed—it's also layered with meaning, capturing the complexity of early 17th-century power politics in Southern Asia. A painter to the Mughal ruler Jahangir, Abu'l Hasan demonstrated extraordinary talent, and his interest in other cultures' art led him to forge a style all his own. Learn more about this work and its artist with Chase Robinson, Dame Jillian Sackler Director of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Asian Art.