THE START OF PORTRAITURE IN ISLAMIC PAINTING;
THE CLIMAX OF PORTRAITURE IN ISLAMIC PAINTING:
THE PORTRAYAL OF SULTANS IN PERIODS OF TIME.
Figurative works were there in the first Islamic coins. Most famous are the Caliph coins, just a few decades after inception of Islamic life. The figurative coins were in vogue, when upset started with religious fanatics trying to railroad modernism in approach at that time. This aesthetic fight generated carries on still in the shadow of Mulla’s, which has nothing to do with the Quran. More than a thousand years ago images of Suwar ul Kawakeeb penetrated Islamic manuscripts. But portraiture was still lacking in spirit.
Fatimid painting spearheaded the growth of figurative work. In 1180 AD, during the reign of the Sultan, we have miniatures of Sultan Salahuddin Ayubi. It is a magnificent portraiture done in the life time of the Sultan. Sultan was on throne at that time. The craze for portraiture went on for centuries. We can surely reproduce many of them. But it ends in our life time with M.A. Rahman Chughtai. He is responsible for lots of portraitures, at times imaginary, but always with focus on that period, including ethnicity costumes and lay out etc. A portraiture relevant to the times of the figure undertaken by him.
So, enjoy start to evolution of portraitures. So obviously we will talk more of this historical evolution of aesthetics. The most amazing discoveries are presence of sculptures of Caliphs in the main city square like the cities of Samarra. More on that later. Enjoy!