Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Cleveland Museum of Art's Impressive Mughal Painting Show is a Centennial Dazzler

ALPHA OMEGA ARTS
Posthumous portrait of the Mughal emperor Muhammad Shah (r. 1719–48) holding a falcon, 1764. Muhammad Rizavi Hindi (Indian, active mid-1700s).
OHIO---The Mughal Empire existed for more than 300 years, from the early 1500s until the arrival of British colonial rule in 1857, encompassing territory that included vast portions of the Indian subcontinent and Afghanistan. The Mughal rulers were Central Asian Muslims who assimilated many religious faiths under their administration. Famed for its distinctive architecture, including the Taj Mahal, the Mughal Empire is also renowned for its colorful and engaging paintings. The centennial exhibition Art and Stories from Mughal India focuses on four stories— as told through 100 paintings drawn from the Cleveland Museum of Art’s world-class holdings.

The Cleveland Museum of Art: "Art and Stories from Mughal India" (Ends October 23, 2016); 11150 East Boulevard, Cleveland, OH; (216) 421-7350; clevelandart.org