SOAS University of London

Department of the History of Art and Archaeology, School of Arts

Re-examining the Genesis of Mughal Painting

Re-examining the Genesis of Mughal Painting
Valerie Gonzalez

Date: 3 May 2018Time: 5:30 PM

Finishes: 3 May 2018Time: 7:00 PM

Venue: Brunei Gallery Room: B104

Type of Event: Seminar

Abstract: In this seminar, I will re-examine the elusive genesis of Mughal painting, based on the findings expounded in my book Aesthetic Hybridity in Mughal Painting, 1526-1658 (Ashgate, 2016). How did Mughal painting become what it became during the three reigns of Akbar, Jahangir and Shah Jahan? The exploration of this question will allow to deconstruct misconceptions and redefine the ontology of early Mughal pictoriality as the product of a complex phenomenon of artistic hybridization. Thus, the role of the three creative forces at work in this pictoriality, namely the Sultanate painting’s legacy, and the post-Timurid and European pictorial imports, will be re-evaluated.

Convened by Professor Anna Contadini