The mirror and the globe: Courtly arts of India 16-19th century

6 credits

The course provides an overview of the development of Imperial and Sub-imperial art in India from the 16th to the 19th century.  The art of the Mughal court evinces a dynamic visual response to an ever-changing cultural and political environment.  Lectures will be arranged chronologically to highlight how art (and in some cases architecture) was used as a tool for building a united empire.  Issues of local and global cultural exchange are of principal concern in the course and we will consider the arrival of the Mughals in India, the development of Imperial and Sub-imperial schools of painting, the expression of regional artistic difference, the production of miniatures within an atelier system and the impact of contact with Europe.

100% coursework

At least one 2000-level Art History course