Style of painting, confined mainly to book illustrations and miniatures, that evolved in India during the Mughal dynasty (16th–19th centuries). In the initial phases the technique often involved a team of artists: one determined the composition, a second did the actual colouring, and a specialist in portraiture worked on individual faces. Probably the earliest example of Mughal painting is the illustrated folktale Tuti-nameh (Tales of a Parrot). Essentially a court art, it flourished under the emperors' patronage and declined when they lost interest. See also Mughal architecture.
Bird perched on rocks, Mughal painting, c. AD 1610; in the State Museum,
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