The Mughal School of Painting is characterized with
Indo Persian style. Mughal Emperors Akbar and
Jahangir were great patrons of paintings and
possessed innate sense to distinguish works of art.
Akbar considered artists as equivalent to God as
according to him they executed pictures, which
resembled the exact image of the human beings who
were a creation of God.
The episode between Jahangir and the English
Ambassador Sir Thomas Roe provides an insight to
the artistic merit of the Indian painters. Jahangir
asked Roe to identify an original European painting
placed alongside five copies of it made by the Indian
painters. The brilliance and similarity of the paintings
completely foxed the English Ambassador.
The Miniatures and Illustrated manuscripts mirror the
cultural legacy and spirit of the Mughal art.