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Michell (Architecture of the Islamic World), who is widely published in the fields of Indic art and architecture, here presents a feast for the eyes surveying artworks in the Mogul style drawn from collections in India, Europe, and America. Hundreds of tremendous color illustrations, including many close-up views of masterful metalwork and semiprecious stone inlay, are the book's highlight. The supporting text outlines important rulers and their origins; artistic sources, themes, and influences; materials and techniques; and key monuments. Each piece is a work of artistic ingenuity-a seemingly endless array of color, pattern, and themes emerges. A color portfolio emphasizes how the use of color helped visually distinguish interlocking elements such as flowers and calligraphy. This chapter alone could make a very useful sourcebook for artists; the remaining chapters are the icing on the cake. Supplemental texts might include Oya Pancaroglu's Perpetual Glory: Medieval Islamic Ceramics from the Harvey B. Plotnick Collection, Eleanor Sims's Peerless Images: Persian Painting and Its Sources, or Susan Stronge's Painting for the Mughal Emperor. Recommended for larger libraries and libraries specializing in art, art history, and Indic studies.
—Nadine Dalton Speidel