Sunday, December 2, 2012

Art Treasures of the Mughal Empire

The historian and writer, William Dalrymple, has an excellent article about the art of Mughal Empire in The Guardian. The British Library is showcasing their art in what Dalrymple calls a spectacular show. Dalymple notes Mughal art was unlike Persian art in that that it is much more liberal and much more colorful than traditional Islamic art. Persians disdained it because it did not conform to the geometric patterns characteristic of most Islamic art.  The exhibit is huge with 215 objects on display.

The article is full of history and I am thinking of printing it out and giving it to my AP World students as we begin our study of the Gunpowder empires this week. Dalrymple is an excellent writer. You might check out his books, the Last Mughal, or Nine Lives.

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