To elucidate the importance of India for the Dutch artist Rembrandt Harmensz. van Rijn (1606–1669) and other Europeans of his time, this symposium traces historical, political, economic, and artistic points of contact between Europe and the Mughal Indian Empire in the early modern period.
Free | Advance ticket required
Taking the Getty's exhibition "Rembrandt and the Inspiration of India" as a starting point, scholars will demonstrate how Mughal paintings and drawings were received in Europe not as merely exotic curiosities, but also as objects possessing specific associations of political authority and exceptional artifice. Participating speakers in the symposium include historians Benjamin Schmidt, Carolien Stolte, and Jos Gommans, and art historians Jessica Keating, Chanchal Dadlani, and Navina Haidar.
Image: Shah Jahan and Dara Shikoh, about 1656–1661, Rembrandt Harmensz. van Rijn. Pen and brown ink with brown and grey wash, touched with white and with some scraping-out. The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles