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The Majesty of Mughal Decoration: The Art and Architecture of Islamic…

by George Michell, George Michell

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Review from the New York Times:

"Every art book list should include at least one piece of eye candy. And for sheer visual pleasure you won't do better than this splendid volume of close-up color photographs of patterning in Mughal art from the 16th to 19th centuries. Floral vines of semiprecious inlaid stones unfurl across the white marble surface of the Taj Mahal; tangles of gold calligraphy burst from the Koran pages; a field of carved sandstone stars forms the open-work screen of a palace window. The idea of Islamic ornament was to create an environment of total immersion, sensual and spiritual; this book does the same. The text by the art historian George Michell is solid and brief; looking, not reading, is the point."

- Holland Cotter

I cannot agree more. This is a wonderful book with beautiful visuals, excellent scholarship (though sometimes technical for non-architecture savvy folks), and a comprehensive sampling of some of the finest Mughal art objects and textiles. Some of the close-up shots of legendary Mughal art objects such as the V&A's wine cup of Shah Jahan, The Musee Guimet's horse-head dagger, and the carpet collection from the Met are some of the finest ever reproduced. This is a coffee-table book to savor without content fatigue, as each opening of the book reveals yet another excellent touch of craftsmanship in some work of art shown in this volume. Eye-candy indeed!
  mahakapi | Dec 12, 2007 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0500513775, Hardcover)

An exquisitely illustrated survey of the decorative motifs and visual themes from one of the great artistic periods in Indian history.

Mughal decorative arts delight in arabesque and geometric designs, as well as scenes of nature (flowers, birds, and animals) and human pleasure (music, dancing, feasting, love-making). Master craftsmen at the Mughal and Rajput courts employed a variety of materials and techniques to produce marble panels inlaid with semi-precious stones, sandstone screens perforated with geometric designs, brass vessels inlaid with strips of silver and gold, jade drinking cups, dagger hilts encrusted with rubies and emeralds, and costumes and sashes embroidered with silk and golden threads. No less gorgeous were the vividly toned and exquisitely detailed miniature paintings that portrayed contemporary events as well as epic tales.

Drawing on the finest and most representative examples in public and private collections in India, Europe, and America, this stunning survey examines common decorative motifs and themes in Mughal art. More than 300 illustrations amply convey the virtuoso workmanship and the sheer elegance of design common to all objects. It will be an essential reference work for art historians, designers, and anyone interested in the arts and life of India. 300+ color photographs and illustrations.

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Drawing on the finest and most represented examples in public and private collections in India, Europe and America, this stunning survey examines common decorative motifs and themes in Mughal art. More than 300 illustrations amply convey the virtuoso workmanship and the sheer elegance of design common to all anyone interested in the arts and lift of India. Beautifully photographed close-up details of wall reliefs, inlaid metal hookah bowls, carpets, jade sward hilts, gilded borders of miniature paintings and embroidered shawls emphasize the unity of the themes in Mughul art. George Michell's lucid, expert text places the works in their historical and architectural context.… (more)

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