From Mexico to Mughal India: artistic exchange in the Renaissance
Monday 7 September 2020
- Lecturer: Dr Ursula Weekes
Art exchange played a vital role in the age of exploration and discovery across the globe in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. Gifts of art objects offered profound moments of inter-cultural dialogue because they were not hindered by the barriers of language. Art also provided a means by which different cultures participated in each other’s structures of power, and it was used to establish hierarchies between cultures. But the encounter with the exotic and the idea of “the other” which art exchange brought about, resulted chiefly in a re-imagining of oneself and one’s own place in the world. From Raphael’s red chalk drawing sent to Dürer and Bellini’s visit to Ottoman Turkey, to the Quetzal crown of the last Aztec king Moctezuma and the impact of European art in Mughal India, this lecture will examine the circulation of art within a world in motion during the early modern period.
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Dr Ursula Weekes is an independent art historian based in London, who specialises in Mughal India. She works as a guide lecturer for tours to India and teaches for our Society, Guildford High School, the V&A Museum Asian Arts Courts, and is formerly an Associate Lecturer of the Courtauld Institute of Art. Ursula is currently writing a book on Mughal Court Painting in India for Reaktion Books Ltd.