Master, Mentor, and Disciple: The Painter in Mughal South Asia

  • Master, Mentor, and Disciple: The Painter in Mughal South Asia
    Master, Mentor, and Disciple: The Painter in Mughal South Asia

    04 Apr
    05 Apr
    2019

    Indian Aesthetics

    Yael Rice

Master, Mentor, and Disciple: The Painter in Mughal South Asia

Image: Detail from a Gulshan Album folio, c. 1600, Staatsbibliothek, Berlin, Libri picturati A 117, Jahangir Album, f. 21r.

This seminar will consider the complex roles of the painter at the Mughal court from the sixteenth into the seventeenth centuries. It will begin with the very notion of the painter as it was articulated in pre-Mughal textual and visual sources, and then will shift course to examine the nature of the Mughal painter as a mentor, a collaborator, and, finally, a master of esoteric insight in the manuscript workshops of Akbar and his son Jahangir.

Day 1

  • Chains of Tradition: The Idea of the Artist in the Islamicate World
  • Communities of Practice: The Mughal Workshop as a Whole

Day 2

  • Agents of Insight: Portraiture and the Limners of Form
  • Masters of the Unseen World: Depicting the Emperor’s Dreams

Duration -

April 4, 5, 2019

Timing: 6:30 - 8:30 PM

Fees

Rs. 2,000

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Yael Rice

Yael Rice

Yael Rice is Assistant Professor of the History of Art and Asian Languages and Civilizations at Amherst College, Massachusetts (USA). She specializes in the art and architecture of South Asia and Greater Iran, with a particular focus on manuscripts and other portable arts of the 15th through 18th centuries. She is in the process of completing her first monograph, entitled Agents of Insight: Artists, Books, and Paintings in Mughal South Asia. A second project, research for which has been supported by a NEH-funded fellowship from the American Institute of Indian Studies, addresses the production, collection, and circulation of albums in India from the 17th century into the colonial period.