Mughal India: Art, Culture and Empire
9 November 2012 – 2 April 2013
Highlights from the British Library's collection of Mughal Indian visual culture and some major loans illuminate the outstanding art of the Imperial power that built the Taj Mahal.
The Mughal emperors ruled a vast region including much of the Indian subcontinent and beyond from 1526 until the empire’s final decline in the mid-19th century, and their rule had an immense cultural impact. While their most famous and visible legacy is seen in architectural gems such as the Taj Mahal and the Red Fort, they were also great patrons of the arts and sciences, and commissioned outstanding poetry, prose and exquisitely illuminated manuscripts.
The different personalities of the Mughal emperors, the daily life of those who fell under their sway, the dynamics of religion and culture, and the changing traditions of painting will all be brought to life in this exhibition, which presents a rounded picture of one of the world’s great civilisations.