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Art and Architecture in Sixteenth Century India

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18:30- 19:30


Dr George Michell

In this lecture series Dr George Michell offers a broad-ranging introduction to the varied traditions of architecture, painting, sculpture and the fine arts that flourished in sixteenth century India.

13-04: Sultanate Traditions: Sultans of Delhi, Bengal & Gujarat
This lecture examines Islamic architecture and art in North, East and West India focusing on the royal tombs at Delhi and Sasaram; mosques at Gaur; tombs at Ahmedabad; miniature painting at the courts of Mandu and Gaur.

20-04: Rise of the Mughals
This lecture addresses the emperors Humayun and Akbar and the royal citadels at Agra and Fatehpur Sikri.

27-04: The Rajputs
This lecture examines the warrior culture of Rajasthan by addressing the fortified palaces at Chitor, Gwalior and Bundi, the temples at Brindavan and Amber and the Mewar style of miniature painting.

11-05: Vijayanagara
This lecture discusses the art traditions of the greatest of all Hindu empires of South India: the temples at Hampi, Lepakshi, Kanchipuram and Vellore, palaces at Chandragiri.

Dr George Michell

Dr Michell is a renowned authority on Indian architecture and art. Trained as an architect in Melbourne, he then studied Indian Archaeology and obtained a Ph.D. in 1974 from the School of Oriental African Studies. Since, he has lectured for institutions as such Cambridge University and the University of London and made a prolific contribution to scholarship; his publications include Royal Palaces of India (1993), Architecture and Art of Southern India, Vijayanagara and the Successor States (1995) and  The Great Temple at Thanjavur: One Hundred Years, 1010-2010 (2010), Late Temple Architecture of India, 15th to 19th Centuries (2015).

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