Mughal Courtiers, Anticipation
This painting is based on the central part of an illuminated page of The Padshahnama, an imperial Mughal manuscript reposited in the Royal Library, Windsor Castle. The Persian original is said to have been painted by a court artist named Bichitr (ca. 1630) and depicts an array of lords and priests in attendance on the occasion of Shah-Jahan’s reception of his three sons at court. The book was sent to England as a gift from the Nabob of Luknow to the English King in 1799. I liked the composition, the bright colors, and the elegant fabrics in the Persian miniature, but I changed many things in my version just because I could.
Metallic and Liquitex acrylics on stretched canvas 40” x 40”