Akbar’s Golden Legacy

Painting for the Emperors of India
  • 9 October 2015 - 14 February 2016

    The Mughals, who originally came from Central Asia, ruled North India in the sixteenth century. While they are best known for their grandiose architecture such as the Taj Mahal and the Red Fort in Agra, the Mughal emperors in India also patronised many other areas of the arts. The studio for illuminated manuscripts established under Emperor Akbar (who reigned from 1556 to 1605) employed well over a hundred painters.
    Pigment painting on paper, often embellished in gold, was one of the greatest artistic achievements under the Mughals. Originally inspired by Persian painting, a distinctive tradition emerged in India that was characterised by naturalism and precise observation. Museum Rietberg houses not only a world-famous collection of painting from the Pahari region at the foot of the Himalayas, but also, thanks to an extensive permanent loan, an exquisite collection of Mughal painting. The eighty-five exhibits in this show will give visitors a wonderful insight into the splendour of the imperial Mughal court.
    The show is timed to coincide with the exhibition entitled «Another World» in the Park-Villa Rieter, which will show folk art painting from Rajasthan and Central India.
    The exhibition was conceived and organised by the the Museum Rietberg

    Media reviews

    «Kunst unter einer offenen Fremdherrschaft»
    (Basler Zeitung, 7.12.2015) 

    «L'héritage Doré d'Akbar»
    (Sammeln Collection Magazin, 1.12.2015) 

    «Im Zeichen von Toleranz und Weltoffenheit»
    (Neue Züricher Zeitung, 16.10.2015)

    «Grosse Kunst vom Hof der Kaiser»
    (Der Landbote, 14.10.2015)

    «Es fehlt nicht an Dramatik»
    (Bieler Tagblatt, 9.10.2015)

    «Akbars goldenes Erbe: Mogulmalerei im Museum Rietberg» (NZZ, 9.10.2015)

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    «Painting Workshops in Mughal India»
    (John Seyller)