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The Early Modern Deccan in a Global Context

The Early Modern Deccan in a Global Context
170 St. George St., Room 100
Time: Nov 15th, 2:00 pm End: Nov 15th, 4:00 pm
Interest Categories: Visual Studies (UTM), South Asian, Near and Middle Eastern Civilizations (FAS), Medieval Studies (FAS), History (FAS), History & Philosophy of Science & Technology (FAS), Historical Studies (UTM), Historical and Cultural Studies (UTSC), East Asian Studies (FAS), Diaspora/Transnational, Book History/Print Culture, Arts, Culture and Media (UTSC), Art (FAS), African, 400-1200, 1500-1800, 1200-1500
Lecture by Deborah Hutton, College of New Jersey

The Jackman Humanities Institute Program for the Arts on Translation and the Multiplicity of Languages is pleased to present:

Deborah Hutton, Associate Professor of Art History, The College of New Jersey

The Early Modern Deccan in a Global Context

In 1610, after a decade of travels and misadventures encompassing Haarlem in the Dutch Republic, the imperial court of Rudolph II at Prague, Persia under Shah Abbas I, and the Portuguese colony of Goa, the Dutch artist Cornelius Claesz. Heda arrived at the sultanate of Bijapur, where he was, at last, warmly welcomed. He remained successfully ensconced at the court of Ibrahim Adil Shah II until the artist's death in 1622. This paper uses Heda's remarkable story as a jumping off point in order to ask about the efficacy of studying the early modern Deccan within a larger global context. Heda's cumulative experiences as a court artist provide a window through which to view the intercultural and inter-religious exchange happening in the Deccan vis-à-vis the early modern world at large. But is that window a useful perspective from which to understand the Deccan? And can it be employed to foster meaningful dialogue with scholars in other fields? What, if anything, is lost in this process?

This lecture is the first in a series titled "Exchanging Glances: Imag(in)ing Hindu-Muslim Visual Pieties in the Deccan".

The other events in this series are:

The series Exchanging Glances: Imag(in)in Hindu-Muslim Visual Pieties in the Deccan is sponsored by:

This event is free and open to the public.  Registration is not required.  For further information, please contact the Jackman Humanities Institute, (416) 946-0313.

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