The Imperial Image in Mughal History Painting for Shah Jahan

Conference: Prof. Dr. Ebba Koch, “The Imperial Image in Mughal History Painting for Shah Jahan (1628-58)” (November, 13)

Boğaziçi Üniversitesi Tarih Bölümü,

Prof. Dr. Ebba Koch

(Viyana Üniversitesi ve Avusturya Bilimler Akademisi üyesi) tarafından verilecek olan

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Tarih :13 Kasım 2012, Salı
Saat: 17:00
Yer: Boğaziçi Üniversitesi, Rektörlük Konferans Salonu

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The Department of History at Bogazici University cordially invites you to a lecture by

Prof. Dr. Ebba Koch
University of Vienna
Austrian Academy of Sciences

The Imperial Image in Mughal History Painting for Shah Jahan (1628-58)

Organized within the framework of the “Connecting Art Histories Initiative” supported by the Getty Foundation

Tuesday, November 13, 2012, 17:00
Rectorate Conference Hall, Bogazici University

The lecture examines how history painting created for the Mughal emperor Shah Jahan (ruled 1628-58) expresses his ideology of rule with purely visual means. Shah Jahan was not only the builder of the Taj Mahal but also a patron of highly ambitious and masterful paintings. The images of the Windsor Castle Padshahnama, the great history of his reign, emerge in the analysis as complex artistic creations, which in their ambition and dialectic reach out far beyond their apparent function, to illustrate a historical narrative in the tradition of Islamic and Indian book painting. Programmatic statements were expressed with aesthetic means; the stylistic quality can serve as an interpretational key. With its close connection between form and content Shahjahani painting shows itself as a methodological exemplar of general art historical relevance.

Dr. Ebba Koch is professor at Vienna University and a senior researcher at the Austrian Academy of Sciences. Professor Koch was visiting professor at Harvard (2008/09), Oxford (2008), Sabanci University (2003), the American University in Cairo (1998) and she held an Aga Khan Program for Islamic Architecture Fellowship at Harvard (2002). Between 2001 and 2004 she was global advisor to the Taj Mahal Conservation Collaborative, and she was the Austrian delegate to the “Network of Comparative Empires” of the European Commission (COST Action 36, 2005-2009).

Prof. Koch has conducted major surveys on the architecture of the Mughals in the Indian subcontinent, focusing on the architecture of Shah Jahan (1628-58). Her research interests are Mughal art and architecture, conservation of monuments, the political and symbolic meaning of art and intercultural connections between the Mughals, their neighbouring countries and Europe. Her publications include Mughal Architecture (1991), Mughal Art and Imperial Ideology (2001), and The Complete Taj Mahal and the Riverfront Gardens of Agra (2006) which has become the standard work on the subject. She has co-authored with Milo Beach and Wheeler Thackston, King of the World: The Padshahnama: An Imperial Mughal Manuscript from the Royal Library, Windsor Castle (1997).

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