In today’s class we learnt about the Colonial and Mughal rule.

Out of all the objects that we were shown, these are the few that gained my attention. The captions read what I learnt about each objects-

Green pot from Jahangir’s era- inspired by China. The other part is actually a bronze metal with gold finish
Typical Mughal miniature painting made by Shahangir’s younger son. A person is eating and there is lack of a background, unlike other miniature paintings. Ancient China introduced the idea of a narrative showed in a miniature painting

The silhouettes started transforming during this time ( what should and what should not be visible). I also learnt about commercial daggers, made of stone that are not functional and just used for gifting purpose

Wooden door with traditional motifs
This pen holder was a symbol of Westernisation since it focusses on what is important and needed. Unlike the wooden door or miniature paintings, it just has a simple landscape made

It was also a symbol of Universalisation since by the 18th century, new innovations took place and they focussed on what others would like.

Paintings of interest- the way the women are sitting, the whole idea of pillars being inside the house

Good art was produced during this time because the artists were not given any specific guide lines to follow so their imagination was independent of any impositions.

Botanical study by art students- side profile, some element of nature that they interact with.
Th male and female flowers are made on the same branch when it does not usually grow like that.
Vintage look- 19th century

Reflection:The one thing that captured my mind was how the artists created without any restrictions or fixed instructions. I somehow related that to design in today’s time. There are definitely certain things that one has to keep in mind while designing but a designer’s imagination can never be imposed with too many guide lines since it tends to take away the sense of originality and creativity then.

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