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Mughal Love Paintings



Mughal Love Paintings are a very important Sub-Genre of Mughal Paintings. Though there is very little regard for realism, these paintings capture ones imagination because of their unique style and choice of themes.

The popular perception of Mughal paintings is not altogether an unfounded one, these paintings hardly follow the dictum of realism in style but their themes are as true to their period as possible. In fact they can be seen as the most substantial specimens of their times.





A blend of the Indian and the Persian style, these paintings depicted various themes. From courtly lovers in intimate positions to lovers in a state of despair the themes were both informative and provocative.

Inspired by the rich and colorful lifestyles of the Mughals, the paintings emphasize the love lives of the kings and queens. They are full of life and color in a luxurious world of physical beauty and sensuality.

Jahangir who had a keen artistic sense, helped in development of Mughal Love Paintings. He encouraged the depiction of his life in Jahangirnama and also that of animal life and foliages. Jahangirnama had several unusual paintings like ones, which depicted sexual union of a saint with a tigress. Other significant paintings include the depiction of a Royal couple spending their leisure time together as they lie on plush cushions sipping wine.

Some important Mughal Painters

It's unfortunate that most Mughal painters languish in anonymity because the style is prioritized to the content.

Ustad Mansur was an important mughal painter of the 17th Century. He specialized in depicting Mughal Lovers

Govardhan was another important Mughal Painter of the 17th Century

Today, Mughal Love Paintings have been lauded and appreciated all over the world. They are seen as authentic depiction of the love lives of the Kings and his concubines. The tasteful sensuousness of these paintings have found admirers in art connoisseurs of the West.

Jahangir who had a keen artistic sense, helped in development of Mughal Love Paintings. He encouraged the depiction of his life in Jahangirnama and also that of animal life and foliages. Jahangirnama had several unusual paintings like ones, which depicted sexual union of a saint with a tigress. Other significant paintings include the depiction of a Royal couple spending their leisure time together as they lie on plush cushions sipping wine.

 
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