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Book on Indian Miniatures in European Art

Feb 03, 2015

The reception of Indian miniatures in European art of the 17th and 18th century is the topic of a new book by Dr. Corinna Forberg. The post-doctoral researcher is a member of the interdisciplinary research group MC5 "Global Concepts".

Indian miniatures were highly appreciated export goods from Asia to Europe in the 17th and 18th century, along with tulips, spices, gold and silver. Amsterdam was the leading trade hub, where the miniatures circulated within a relatively small circle of dealers, collectors and artists. Among those were Rembrandt, Willem Schellinks and Bernard Picart as well as the authors Athanasius Kircher, Olfert Dapper and Nicolaas Witsen. For them and their contemporaries, Indian miniatures were the first authentic sources on India, which they used in individual artistic processes or copied them for a wider audience. This book examines in detail for the first time the modern history of the European reception of Indian painting by analyzing a broad range of Indian portraits and idols as well as their European copies.

The book "Die Rezeption indischer Miniaturen in der europ√§ischen Kunst des 17. und 18. Jahrhunderts" - 216 pages - was published in the Michael Imhof Verlag in Petersberg in early 2015. It is based on the doctoral project of Corinna Forberg, which was supervised by Prof. Dr. Ebba Koch (Vienna) and Prof. Dr. Horst Bredekamp (HU Berlin).

Dr. Corinna Forberg is a member of the interdisciplinary research group MC5 "Global Concepts" and coordinator of subproject MC5.2 "The Concept of the Copy in European Art. Transformations of Indian Artefacts (1550-1950)".

Visit the website of the Michael Imhof Verlag for more information


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