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Imperial Mughal Albums from the Chester Beatty Library
Elaine Wright; Wheeler Thackston, contrib.; Susan Stronge, contrib.; Steven Cohen, contrib.

Art Services International
2008 • 528 pp. 242 illus. (100 color) 9 x 12"
Art / Asian Studies

$79.95 Hardcover, 978-0-88397-154-3

A fascinating study of some of the most remarkable of all albums ever created

Throughout history, people have assembled albums that record their lives and the world around them. Among the most remarkable of all albums ever created are those made in the years 1600-1657 for the emperors Jahangir and Shah Jahan. The Mughal dynasty ruled India for more than three centuries, but the period of greatest artistic production was that of these two great emperors, and the albums of paintings and calligraphy (called muraqqa» in Persian), that they assembled now serve as a window to understanding the history and culture of this important period of Indian history. The paintings in the albums include formal (often symbolic) portraits of the emperors themselves, depictions of members of the royal family in relaxed private settings, portraits of courtiers, Sufi saints and mystics, genre scenes, and natural history subjects.

Exhibition Itinerary

The exhibition premieres at the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC (May 3 – August 3, 2008). Subsequent venues include the Detroit Institute of Arts, Michigan (August 23 – November 16, 2008); the Honolulu Academy of Arts, Hawai’i (December 17, 2008 – March 1, 2009); the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City, Missouri (March 21 – June 14, 2009); and the Denver Art Museum, Colorado (July 4 – September 27, 2009).

This lavishly-illustrated, color catalogue contains essays by ELAINE WRIGHT, Curator of the Islamic Collections, Chester Beatty Library, WHEELER THACKSTON, Lecturer, Harvard University, SUSAN STRONGE, Curator, Asia Department, Victoria and Albert Museum, STEVEN COHEN, Textile Specialist, Independent Scholar and Author, London, and NAVINA HAIDER, Assistant Curator, Department of Islamic Art, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.

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