Seeing Styles: A Closer Look

Created over a span of 180 years, at courts in Central Asia, Iran, and the Indian subcontinent, the works in this exhibition encompass a wide range of styles and techniques.

The rulers and patrons who viewed these works recorded a range of reactions, from astonishment and delight to scholarly judgment. By looking closely at details from the exhibition’s Persian and Mughal paintings, we can see some of the same distinctions made by the original viewers. Individual elements, motifs, and color palettes can tell us where and when paintings were made and sometimes even who made them.