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Worlds Within Worlds: Imperial Paintings from India and Iran

July 28–September 16, 2012
Arthur M. Sackler Gallery

India's Mughal emperors, who reigned over a vast and wealthy empire that extended from Kabul over most of the South Asian subcontinent between the sixteenth and the nineteenth century, were passionate about lavish manuscripts and paintings. Between 1556 and 1650, the greatest Mughal patrons—the emperors Akbar, Jahangir and Shah Jahan—formed grand workshops that brought together and nurtured India's leading painters, calligraphers and illuminators.

The exhibition brings together fifty of the finest folios and paintings from the Freer|Sackler collection, which form one of the world's most important repositories of Mughal and Persian painting.

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Special Celebration

Inspired by India: A Family Celebration

Saturday, August 11

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Online feature

Explore: Worlds within Worlds

March 20, 2012

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As renovation work continues in the Freer Gallery, the Sackler Gallery also will close on July 10, 2017. This museum-wide closure will allow us to completely reinstall our exhibitions and revitalize features to improve your visit. Both spaces will reopen on October 14, 2017, when we will welcome the public back to the Freer|Sackler: two galleries, one destination. For your safety, all visitors will have their bags checked. See the complete list of restricted items and bag sizes.