By Sonya Rhie Quintanilla
Assisted by Dominique DeLuca, with essays by Mohsen Ashtiany, Marcus Fraser, Catherine Glynn, Ruby Lal, Pedro Moura Carvalho, and Sonya Rhie Quintanilla
The mighty Persian warrior Rustam; the Israelite prophet Joseph; the Christian Messiah; the Mughal emperor Akbar with his predecessors and progeny; the women of the harem—Mughal Paintings: Art and Stories tells the stories of these figures from epic poetry, mystical romances, sacred biography, and the real-life histories of the Mughals. Made for one of the greatest empires during the Age of Expansion, Mughal paintings blend Persian and Indian themes and styles, along with Central Asian and European elements, resulting in works of great beauty: intense and delicate, detailed and luxurious.
The Cleveland Museum of Art holds a leading collection of Indian art in the United States, which is bolstered by the venerable Benkaim Collection of Deccan and Mughal paintings from India’s major Islamic courts. Illustrated here in spectacular detail, all ninety-five works from the Benkaim Collection are accompanied by full translations of their inscriptions and texts, along with provenance, publication history, and technical information."