Akbar's Religious Thought
Reflected in Mogul Painting
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Originally published in 1952, the first part of this book gives a portrait of Akbar (1542-1605), Emperor of India, not as a War Lord and Empire Builder, but as a man deeply absorbed in questions of the Spirit. It follows him in his quest after the various religions professed in India and the doctrines of the Christian faith. The text is illustrated by numerous reproductions of contemporary miniatures. Their style which, under Akbar’s inspiring patronage, resulted from the collaboration of Muslim and Hindu artists who became acquainted with European paintings, reflects the universality of the Emperor’s mind. The second part of the book is concerned with the rise and development of this style.
Table of Contents
Part 1: Introduction 1. Francis’ Youth and Conversion 2. Francis’ Joyous Love for the Creator and all his Creatures 3. Paintings of the Life and Legend of St. Francis 4. The Lives of St. Francis Part 2: Scenes from the Life of St. Francis.
‘…succinct style and deft organization…a copious little study.’ Joseph Campbell, Artibus Asiae