Wonders Of Nature: Ustad Mansur At The Mughal Court by Asok K. DasWonders Of Nature: Ustad Mansur At The Mughal Court by Asok K. Das

Wonders Of Nature: Ustad Mansur At The Mughal Court

byAsok K. Das

Hardcover | February 16, 2013

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A comprehensive collection of Mughal Natural History drawings, centred on the art of Ustad Mansur with current scientific information.

Includes rare Mansur paintings from Russia and Tehran.


Imaginary Birds, showcasing the artist's imagination beyond the representation of realism in nature.


The Mughals combined their love of nature with their love and patronage of art. By Akbar's reign the master artists of his atelier were producing hundreds of paintings of birds and animals with great accuracy and suavity for manuscripts of animal fables and adventures for the Emperor. Natural history drawing reached its highest point during the reign of Akbar's son Jahangir whose atelier most notably illustrated the Baburnama, Jahangir's great grandfather's treatises celebrated as the first systematic account of Indian flora and fauna. Among the various master artists of Akbar and Jahangir's ateliers, none are more important than Ustad Mansur who painted many images of rare and unusual birds, animals, and flowers for Jahangir. Mughal Natural History Drawings and Ustad Mansur presents these images with their correct scientific identification and other relevant details.


Asok K. Dasis a leading and senior art historian specializing in the art of the Mughals. He has worked on the Mughal collections of several museums around the world. He is currently a Tagore National Fellow for Cultural Research, working on the collection of drawings and paintings in the Art Section of the Indian Museum, Kolkata.
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Title:Wonders Of Nature: Ustad Mansur At The Mughal CourtFormat:HardcoverDimensions:160 pages, 12.39 × 9.99 × 0.76 inPublished:February 16, 2013Publisher:Marg FoundationLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:8192110656

ISBN - 13:9788192110653

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Table of Contents

Contents:
Preface
Mughal Interest in Nature and Jahangir
Illumination Work of Mansur Naqqash
Historical Paintings and Portraits
Baburnama: Images of Birds and Animals by Mansur
Mansur: The Wonder of Age
The Flower Paintings
Notes
Bibliography
Acknowledgements
Index