- Imperial Mughal Albums from the Chester Beatty Library

By Dr Elaine Wright; price €30.00


Muraqqa’ was written to coincide with a travelling exhibition of the Chester Beatty Library’s Mughal paintings, which visited Washington, Detroit, Honolulu, Kansas City and Denver.  This accompanying catalogue displays some of the finest examples of the painter’s art created for the emperors and princes of the Mughal dynasty of India, between the late-16th and mid-17th centuries.  The focus of this study is six albums produced in the imperial Mughal atelier during the first six decades of the 17th century for the emperors Jahangir and Shah Jahan.


While dominated by the Islamic traditions of the emperors and their followers, Mughal India was a place of great cultural and ethnic diversity where a new hybrid culture developed and flourished for a time.  The achievements of the Mughals in painting, literature, architecture, and the decorative arts were immense, and they are reflected in this beautiful collection of jewel-like paintings.
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This book has been in receipt of three awards:


On April 17, 2009 the 29th Annual George Wittenborn Memorial Book Awards were presented at the annual conference of the Art Libraries Society of North America (ARLIS/NA).  Established in 1980 to honor the memory of premier New York City art book dealer and publisher George Wittenborn, the awards are given each year to North American art publications which represent the highest standards of content, documentation, layout, and format in art publishing.  One outstanding book published in 2008 was selected to receive the 29th Annual George Wittenborn Memorial Book Award (Cai Guo-Qiang : I Want to Believe, by Thomas Krens and Alexandra Munroe) and a second was selected for Honorable Mention (Muraqqa‘, Imperial Mughal Albums from the Chester Beatty Library, Dublin, by Elaine Wright; published by Art Services International, Alexandria, Virginia)


In May 2008, the catalogue, Muraqqa‘: Imperial Mughal Albums from the Chester Beatty Library, Dublin was awarded the top honor of BEST OF SHOW at the Washington Book Publishers 2008 Book Design and Effectiveness Awards.

AMERICAN GRAPHIC DESIGN AWRD FOR 2008 Exhibition Catalogues, from Graphic Design USA magazine

This publication can be purchased in our shop, located on the ground floor of the Library, or via telephone (+353 (0)1 4070753), fax (+353 (0)1 4070760) regular post (Chester Beatty Library Giftshop, Dublin Castle, Dublin 2, Ireland) or by filling in the