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Mughal Painting

Mughal painting is a special artform practised & popularised in the South Asian artistic traditions since the mediaeval times. This type of artform has its roots in the Persian tradition of miniature paintings, which was developed in the Mughal court and flourished under the patronage of Mughal rulers from the 16th to the 18th centuries.

Mughal art is a typical court-based artistic tradition with a distinctive style, often featuring kings, queens, court life, animals, birds & plants. The chief themes of the Mughal style include the royal lifestyle, hunting scenes, battles & warfare, wildlife, mythology, & legends.

The Mughal paintings feature rich & vibrant colours, with very intricate details both in the foreground & the background. The human figures depicted in the Mughal style are characteristically side faced and have large expressive features.

For Mughal art, all you need are basic art supplies like:

  • A painting surface
  • Paints
  • Paintbrushes
  • Palette
  • Pencils & erasers
  • Easel or drawing board
  • Water
  • Masking tape

Learner’s outcome

  • Mughal art is historically important.
  • The mughal style of painting includes a diverse range of subjects.
  • Learning mughal painting can help you master many modern styles more easily.
  • The art supplies required in the Mughal style of art are inexpensive.

Want to learn Mughal art? Explore our Mughal Painting courses at Oak Groves and learn more about the historical artistic traditions of India. Anyone can learn, there’s no age restrictions!


  • An interest to learn.