Lovers in a Landscape (detail), Mir Kalan Khan, 1760–70. Courtesy of the David Collection, Copenhagen. Photo: Pernille Klemp

Looking East, Looking West: Mughal Painting between Persia and Europe


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Mughal painting is said to have begun in the middle of the 16th century as an offshoot of Persian painting; however, within the short span of a few decades, the medium was transformed through contact with European Renaissance art. Absorbing stylistic elements of naturalism, sfumato, chiaroscuro, and perspective, Mughal artists began to produce accurate portraits and to reproduce architecture and nature in delicate detail in their renderings of Persian poetry and court life.

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