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Milo Beach: The Gulshan Album

Sun 10 Mar 2013, 14.30-16.30

Conference Centre, British Library

£7.50 / £5 concessions

Book now for 10 Mar 2013, 14.30-16.30

The Gulshan Album, described as one of the world's greatest books, was originally assembled for the Mughal emperor Jahangir. Its beautifully illustrated pages demonstrate both the international interests of the highly cosmopolitan Mughal court and the important role played by Jahangir in the development of the Mughal arts. 

The Mughal Empire is famed for its encouragement of art and literature, and Prince Salim, (later known as Emperor Jahangir) is recognised as one of its greatest advocates. He eagerly collected works that were presented to the courts, which were to be the beginning of the Gulshan Album.

Compiled between the years 1600 and 1618, this album consists of some 140 folios that have single or composite images with calligraphy. These images consist of both early and contemporary drawings, and paintings of Indian or Iranian origin with beautiful borders in gold patterns.

Art historian Milo Beach introduces the album and explores the impact of Persia on the Mughal Empire. Mr Beach is an expert on Indian art, specifically paintings, and has extensively studied the heritage of the Mughal Empire. 

Book now to take part in a fascinating and personal exploration of The Gulshan Album.