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

India through a European Lens: Seventeenth Century Images and Words


Museum Lecture Hall

Sanjay Subrahmanyam, distinguished professor of history at UCLA, examines the perception of India in 17th-century western Europe, as mediated through images (prints, miniatures, etc), as well as by words, especially those of travelers, traders, and missionaries. Special attention is paid to the Dutch perspective, and how it may have impacted the work of Rembrandt. Complements the exhibition Rembrandt and the Inspiration of India.

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