Art and Empire in Early Modern South India
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- Term 2
Objectives and learning outcomes of the course
At the end of the course, a student will be able to:
- Critically analyse sculpture, paintings, architecture and urban landscapes from South Asia using appropriate vocabulary
- Examine a range of approaches to understanding works of art from South Asia, focussing on southern India 1300-1800.
Learning Outcomes - Knowledge; Understanding; Skills
- Knowledge of the chronological framework for the arts of southern India from c. 1300-1800.
- Knowledge of the political, social and religious contexts for the production and use of art from southern India from c. 1300-1800.
- Understanding of key themes in the study of religious art in South Asia.
- The ability to critically analyse sculpture, paintings, architecture and urban landscapes from southern India using appropriate vocabulary.
- The ability to constructively criticise the approaches and methods of art historians.
Scope and syllabus
The main issues to be discussed include:
- kingship, state formation and temples;
- temples and sacred landscape at Vijayanagara, the ‘City of Victory’;
- Vijayanagara imperial identity and material culture;
- Tamil temple cities and the sacred centre;
- Islamic architecture in the Deccan;
- festivals, processions and Hindu ritual arts;
- architecture and religious identity in ‘monsoon Asia’;
- paintings from court, palace and temple in south India.
Method of assessmentCoursework (40%), exam (60%)
- Asher, Catherine B, and Cynthia Talbot. India before Europe, 2006.
- Fritz, John, and George Michell. City of Victory: Vijayanagara, The Medieval Hindu Capital of Southern India, 1991.
- Haidar, Navina Najat, and Marika Sardar, eds. Sultans of the South: Arts of India's Deccan Courts, 1323-1687, 2011.
- Hutton, Deborah S. Art of the Court at Bijapur, 2006.
- Michell, George. Architecture and Art of Southern India: Vijayanagara and the successor states, 1995.
- Michell, George, and Mark Zebrowski. Architecture and Art of the Deccan Sultanates, 1999.
- Verghese, Anila, and Anna L. Dallapiccola, eds. South India under Vijayanagara: Art and Archaeology, 2011.