Cosmopolitan Visions: Art and Architecture from the Islamic Courts of Southern India

Event Type Member Events & Activities, Late Night Thursday, Lectures
Date calendar  Thursday, May 18, 2023
Time clock  6:00pm - 7:00pm (1h)
Location FIA Theater

Join Professor Deborah Hutton for an exploration of the diverse visual cultures that flourished circa 1600 in South Asia’s Deccan region. The Deccan is the plateau that connects northern and southern India, and in the 16th and 17th centuries, it was home to a number of Islamic kingdoms, each with its own distinct courtly culture that produced elegant architecture, lush paintings, and sumptuous objects. These courtly cultures combined religious, linguistic, and regional traditions in ways that might surprise us today. Merchants, soldiers, poets, and artists from a range of locales in Europe, Africa, Central Asia, and north India made their way to the Deccan and further added to the cosmopolitan mix. The arts of the Islamic Deccan provide a delightful window into the richly layered landscape of South Asian art and remind us just how diverse our shared global heritage is.

Deborah Hutton is a professor of Asian and Islamic art history at The College of New Jersey. In both her teaching and scholarship, she is committed to presenting a globally-diverse history of art that centers equity and social justice. She is author of Art of the Court of Bijapur and co-author of Raja Deen Dayal: Artist-Photographer in 19th-century India. Most recently she has been involved with producing art history textbooks for the 21st century, including The History of Art: A Global View and The History of Asian Art: A Global View, both published by Thames & Hudson.

Ibrahim Rauza, 17th century, Bijapur, India

The Kommareddi Family Lecture Series focuses on topics related to the art, history, and culture of South Asia. Sponsored by Jayashree and Dr. Prasad Kommareddi.

ASL Interpretation is made possible by Ford Foundation Equity Fund of the Community Foundation of Greater Flint
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