Art History Class: Hindu, Buddhist, and Islamic Art in India
Saturdays, April 30-May 21, 2016 (4 sessions)
Wednesdays, May 4-25, 2016 (4 sessions)
The subcontinent of India saw the birth of several of the world’s major religions, faiths that soon developed rich artistic traditions to express important tenets and inspire followers to greater devotion. This course will be an introduction to religious art in India, beginning with pre-Hindu religious beliefs in the Indus Valley Civilization, the development of Buddhist and Hindu artistic traditions, and finally, the importation of Islam into India and the art of the Mughal Empire. Significant objects from the CMOA collection with be highlighted.
About the Instructor
Rachel Miller's research focuses on Italian Renaissance and Baroque art with an emphasis on the artistic patronage of the Jesuits, including the art and architecture produced on their overseas missions. Miller also has a strong interest in medieval and early modern Japanese art and the exchange of artistic methods and material culture between Europe and Japan in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. Her MA paper examined the art and architecture produced by the Jesuits on their missions in Japan from 1549 to 1614. Miller's doctoral thesis is titled Apostle to the Indies: The Global Iconography and Dissemination of Images of St. Francis Xavier. This project examines images of this missionary saint produced both in Europe and on key Jesuit missions, such as in Goa, and aims to provide a new understanding of the global nature of Jesuit hagiography and iconography.