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Intermingling of Mogul and Rajput Art

Title:Intermingling of Mogul and Rajput Art
Author:Gray, Basil
Enumeration:Vol. 6 Issue no. 2, p. 36-38
Abstract:Hindu-Mughal contact in the arts was established through the influence of Akbar's court, Hindu religious (Vaishnavite) revival, and the Rajput rajas who occupied a special position in the Mughal court. The genius at work is the same in both Mughal and Rajput schools showing birds and animals. However, the distinction between them is that while the Mughal school turned outwards (without forgetting the inner vision), the Rajput paintings turned inwards, but remained aware of the natural world. The qualitative change inpainting from the time of Akbar's vision of a unified Indian culture is visible in a comparison between 16th-century Hindu painting and the almost purely Persian work with a developed sense of colour harmony. Akbar's reception of Jesuit missions between 1580 and 1605 resulted in a familiarity with European art.

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