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During Jahangir and Shahjahan, Mughal paintings achieved its zenith. Elucidate.

Topic:  Indian culture will cover the salient aspects of Art Forms, literature and Architecture from ancient to modern times.

2.  During Jahangir and Shahjahan, Mughal paintings achieved its zenith. Elucidate. (250 words)

Reference: Indian art and culture by Nitin Singhania.

Why the question:

The question is part of the static syllabus of General studies paper – 1.

Key Demand of the question:

To write about the development of paintings under Jahangir and Shahjahan.

Directive:

Elucidate – Give a detailed account as to how and why it occurred, or what is the particular context. You must be defining key terms where ever appropriate, and substantiate with relevant associated facts.

Structure of the answer:

Introduction:

Begin by writing about development of Mughal paintings.

Body:

In the first part, in brief, trace the development of Mughal Paintings till Akbar.

Next, write about the development of paintings under Jahangir and Shahjahan. He maintained his own studio apart from Akbar’s large atelier. Jahangir’s preference was for paintings of hunting scenes, birds and flowers. He also continued the tradition of Portraits. Under Shahjahan the colours of the paintings between more decorative and gold was more frequently used for embellishment.

Conclusion:

Conclude by highlighting their special place in the cultural history of India.