Collection: Mughal Artisan

Although the artist who painted the image appearing on this banner is unknown, a royal court artist was required to conform to the official Mughal painting style, which evolved with each new emperor. While his predecessor and father had reserved taste, Shah-Jahan preferred a more flamboyant style with bold colors, lively gestures, and flawless detail.

Mughal culture was considered cosmopolitan, with Mughal artists exchanging ideas and art with Europeans through court travel. Mughals collected Medici glass from Florence while Europeans, including Rembrandt, collected Mughal paintings.