barber institute of fine arts
university of birmingham


The Mughals: Power and Beauty at the Indian Court

Courtly life, power and culture in the Indian subcontinent under Mughal rule (1526 – 1858) are explored in this fascinating display of drawings and prints, coins and manuscripts.

Objects lent by the University’s Cadbury Research Library (CRL) and the private Hussain-Islimi Arts Collection – alongside rarely-exhibited works from the Barber’s own collection – reveal how patrons and artists developed a distinctive Mughal style that reflected their power and ideals of beauty.

The display is curated by Neelam Hussain, Curator of the Mingana Collection of Middle Eastern Manuscripts at the CRL.