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The Brush of Insight: Artists and Agency at the Mughal Court (Hardcover)

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Sheds light on the art and artists that gave material form to Mughal imperial vision

Over the course of the sixteenth and early seventeenth centuries, Mughal court painters evolved from illustrators of manuscripts and albums to active mediators of imperial visionary experience, cultivating their patrons' earthly and spiritual authority. Featuring over 80 color illustrations, The Brush of Insight traces this shift, demonstrating how royal artists created a new visual economy that featured highly naturalistic royal portraits and depictions of the emperors' dreams. These images, in turn, shaped the perception of the Mughal emperors' preeminence in all domains--temporal and spiritual--from the reign of Akbar to that of his son and successor, Jahangir. In analyzing a wide range of visual materials including manuscripts, albums, and coins, art historian Yael Rice documents how manuscript painters and paintings challenged the status of writing as the primary medium for the transmission of knowledge and experience. With compelling material and original arguments, The Brush of Insight probes how pictures and illustrated books became central to imperial modes of seeing and being in early modern Mughal South Asia.

About the Author

Yael Rice is associate professor of the history of art and Asian languages and civilizations at Amherst College.

Product Details
ISBN: 9780295751092
ISBN-10: 0295751096
Publisher: University of Washington Press
Publication Date: May 23rd, 2023
Pages: 272
Language: English