Princes, Poets & Paladins: Islamic and Indian Paintings from the Collection of Prince and Princess Sadruddin Aga Khan

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Trustees of the British Museum, 1998 - Art, Indic - 192 pages
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Over the last forty years Prince and Princess Sadruddin Aga Khan have been collecting Islamic and Indian paintings and drawings of exceptional beauty and importance, and one hundred and forty-five of these superb works of art are featured here, some published for the first time. Many date from the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, a time when the Ottoman dynasty in Turkey, the Safavid dynasty in Iran and the Mughal dynasty in India were all at theur height. Dr. Canby sets each work within its historical and artistic context, demonstrating how Islamic and Indian artists have given visual form to myth, legend, history and literature. Her introductory essay reviews the background against which the paintings were produced in the courts and cities of Turkey, Iran and India, examining the nature of patronage and imitation across five centuries of Islamic and Indian painting. The catalogue is organised by schools with a brief summary of the period followed by detailed consideration of the works, each of which is illustrated in colour.

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