Worlds within Worlds: Imperial Paintings from India and Iran

India’s Mughal emperors, who reigned over a vast and wealthy empire that extended from Kabul over most of the South Asian subcontinent between the sixteenth and the nineteenth century, were passionate about lavish manuscripts and paintings. Between 1556 and 1650, the greatest Mughal patrons—the emperors Akbar, Jahangir and Shah Jahan—formed grand workshops that brought together and nurtured India’s leading painters, calligraphers and illuminators.

The exhibition brings together fifty of the finest folios and paintings from the Freer|Sackler collection, which form one of the world’s most important repositories of Mughal and Persian painting.