Aug 30 2016
Cosmic Correspondences: Astral Piety and Painting at the Mughal Court

Visual + Media Arts
Auguest 30, 2016; 4:30pm
142 Goldwin Smith
Presented by the Visual Culture Colloquium

Yael Rice, Assistant Professor of the History of Art & Asian Languages and Civilizations at Amherst College, will speak about the Mughal emperor Akbar, long celebrated by scholars for his “secular” outlook, was deeply invested in the efficacy of astrological events. This talk will consider the place of astral piety at Akbar’s court, focusing on a little-studied manuscript that contains instructions for harnessing the forces of the zodiac. Of particular interest are the manuscript’s many illustrations of the astrological degrees, which are here considered integral, rather than supplementary, to the processes of astral invocation.