Online Lecture: Flower Paintings in India and Persia in Connexion with European Botanical Illustration (16th-18th c.)
8 December 2022
Facebook Live event (no registration required)
During the spring 1620, the emperor of the Mughal dynasty, Jahangir, visited the region of Kashmir. In his memoirs, he described with awe the colourful flowers he saw, all in bloom at this time of the year. He also related how he tasked one of his imperial artist, Mansur, to paint more than a hundred of these flowers.
This anecdote is often used as a starting point for the craze for floral motifs that inhabited Mughal art during the 17th century. While the love of the first Mughal emperors for nature is not to be understated, another source of inspiration became available to painters of the imperial workshop in the years 1620s: European herbaria and florilegia. The tulipomania that made Europe tremble at the end of the 1630s delivered a large production of printed flower books with botanically accurate illustrations, some of which travelled to India and Persia, where they were copied and adapted to local taste, resulting in large productions that echoed to all artistic media until the 19th century.
This online lecture is kindly organised by the Church Conservation Trust and is open to all on the 8th December via Facebook live. No registration required, click on "watch the video live" in the top right corner. The video will also be recorded.