Empire and Erotica: Indian Painting, 1100-1900|
Spring 2010 not offered
The history of later Indian painting is dominated by two distinct stylistic traditions, one flourishing at the court of the Mughal empire, the other at the courts of the various Rajput dynasties that held sway in regions along the periphery of the Mughal domain. Despite complex historical relationships between the two traditions, modern scholarship has tended to emphasize their separate identities as distinct, isolable schools with mutually opposing stylistic and aesthetic ideals. Mughal painting is characterized as naturalistic, rational, and political; contemporary Rajput work is seen as lyrical, erotic, and spiritual in its approach. In this course, we will trace the history of the emergence and interaction of these two traditions of painting, beginning with the pre-Mughal and pre-Rajput traditions current before the 16th century and continuing to the transformation of the Mughal and Rajput traditions through British colonial patronage. The course strikes a balance between the modes of historical survey and thematic enquiry; some of the themes to be examined include the relationship between painting and literature, the structure of patronage and the degree of the patron's influence in shaping style, and the extent to which the Mughal and Rajput styles were influenced by 16th-century European prints and paintings.
Intercultural Literacy, Interpretation
Intercultural literacy: Introduces cultural values of premodern South Asia.
Interpretation: Introduces methods for an historical and contextual interpretation of painting and book illustration.
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|Course Format: Lecture / Discussion||Grading Mode: Graded|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (ARHA-MN)(ARHA)(ARST)(MUST-MN)(SAST-MN)
Milo Cleveland Beach, MUGHAL AND RAJPUT PAINTING
|Examinations and Assignments: |
Two short essays, quiz, mid-term and final exams
|Additional Requirements and/or Comments: |
Regular attendance and reading of all assigned materials. Active participating in class discussions.
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