Mughal Inlay Art...
Mughal Inlay Artby: R. Nath
The book studies INLAY art that developed in Mughal Architecture indigenously, from Humayun to Shah Jehan (c. 1535 to 1658 ad). Mughal inlay is architectural and to brand it pietra-dura, which was a florentine picture-art used on wooden furniture, is a misnomer. This book also reveals that Orpheus Plaques which led the colonial historians to Florence to trace the origin of Mughal inlay were imported ready-made and there is no other example of Florentine pietra-dura.
Year Of Publication: 2004
Pages : 116
Language : English
Binding : Paperback
Publisher: D.K. Printworld Pvt. Ltd.
The book studies INLAY art as it developed in Mughal Architecture indigenously, from Humayun to Shah Jehan (c. 1535 to 1658 ad), landmark examples of which have been illustrated. Mughal inlay is architectural, and it is a misnomer to brand it: pietra-dura which was a florentine picture-art used on wooden furniture. Orpheus Plaques which led the colonial historians to trace origin of Mughal inlay to Florence, were imported ready-made and there is no other example of Florentine pietra-dura. Inlay is the most distinctive characteristic of Mughal Architecture and study of its growth and development, to the elegance of the Taj dados, the chef doeu-vre of Indian art, is historically as enlightening, as interesting it is artistically.
List of Illustrations
1. The Orpheus Plaques and the Florentine Pietra-dura Controversy
The Orpheus Plaques of Red Fort Delhi
Their Material, Ground and Motifs
Technique of Inlay and Mosaic
Orpheus Plaques were Imported Ready-made
2. Evolution on Inlay Art in Mughal Architecture
Mughal Forms: Exotic or Indigenous