Weekend course
Power and Prestige in 16th and 17th Century Mughal South Asia

Saturday 3 February 2018 - Sunday 4 February 2018

  • Saturday 3 February 2018 - Sunday 4 February 2018

  • Seminar Room 1

  • Course price £195.00 - £288.00

  • +44 (0)20 7942 2000

    9.00 – 17.30, Monday-Sunday (closed 24-26 December)

In the early modern era, the Mughal Empire was renowned for the luxury and artistic output of its rulers. Examining the reigns of three key Emperors, or Padshahs, this course will investigate how their heritage and unique courts led to the creation of a visual language of imperial ideology that infused their artistic patronage. Accompanying the course lectures will be a visit to the V&A Nehru Gallery to see first-hand Mughal objects and paintings in the collection.

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Dr Mehreen Chida-Razvi

Course Leader Dr Mehreen Chida-Razvi

Dr Mehreen Chida-Razvi is a Research Associate in the Department of the History of Art at SOAS. She is a specialist on the art and architecture of Mughal South Asia. She has tutored and lectured for the V&A Arts of South and Southeast Asia, and the Islamic Middle East Year Course since 2010.

I have taken many Weekend Courses at the V&A and I come away each week feeling inspired, stimulated by the facts, and wishing to know even more. 2015/16 course student

Course Overview

Tracing their lineage from both Chinghis Khan and Timur, the Mughal dynasty (1526-1858) at its greatest extent ruled over the entire South Asian region and its rulers created one of the most luxurious empires of their time. As a Muslim elite reigning over a local South Asian population, it was important for the Mughal emperors to create a strong visual identity to aid in consolidating their rule.

Focusing on the reigns of three emperors, Akbar (r.1556-1605), Jahangir (r.1605-27) and Shah Jahan (r. 1628-58), this 2-day course will thematically explore how these rulers invested in extensive patronage of the arts in order to create and project a visual language of power and prestige. This took multiple forms, including the production of magnificent miniature paintings, iconic architecture and dazzling, bejewelled objects. By contextualising their creation within the political, historical and artistic milieu of the Mughal court, it will be seen that several factors were continuously in play in the wider sphere of their making.

£288 full price, £260 over 60s, £195 concessions
(concessions are available for ES40 holders and registered disabled people)


Explore the subjects you love

Delve deeper into the subjects you love and enjoy thought-provoking lectures in a group who share your passion. Refreshments served on arrival each day.

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Weekend course: Power and Prestige in 16th and 17th Century Mughal South Asia

3 February 2018 - 4 February 2018

£195.00 - £288.00

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+44 (0)20 7942 2000

Open 9.30 - 17.30, Monday to Sunday (closed 24-26 December)