Vortrag David Roxburgh
von 18:15 bis 20:00
'Magic-making sorcerers’: Timurid Views on Chinese Art, Herat, c. 1413-1447
Timurid-Ming exchanges fostered by rulers Shahrukh (r. 1409-1447) and Yongle (r. 1402-1424) again set in motion objects and people across Asia. Interactions between Iran and China are much better studied in the century before during Ilkhanid Mongol rule of Iran. A wide variety of textual sources and artworks reflect the complex nature of Timurid reception of Chinese art which was not only seen firsthand but also mediated through portable objects. The lecture examines Timurid attitudes and responses to a wide range of Chinese objects.
Prof. David J. Roxburgh
David J. Roxburgh is Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Professor of Islamic Art History at Harvard University where he has taught since he received the Ph.D. from University of Pennsylvania in 1996. In his publications, Roxburgh has pursued several interests—including aesthetics and the history of reception—and approaches to the study of art history. He has focused on written sources, painting and arts of the book, calligraphy, Timurid art and architecture, exchanges between China and Iran, and the pre-modern and modern histories of collecting, collections, and display. He has published two books, Prefacing the Image: The Writing of Art History in Sixteenth-Century Iran (Leiden, 2001), and The Persian Album 1400-1600: From Dispersal to Collection (New Haven, 2005), numerous articles, and has edited a special issue of Muqarnas on Persian painting, Envisioning Islamic Art and Architecture: Essays in Honor of Renata Holod (Leiden: Brill, 2015), and the forthcoming monograph An Album of Artists’ Drawings from Qajar Iran (Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Art Museums, 2017). Roxburgh has also co-curated exhibitions and written for their catalogues (Turks: A Journey of a Thousand Years [London, 2005], and Traces of the Calligrapher: Islamic Calligraphy in Practice, c. 1600-1900 [Houston, 2007]). Roxburgh is currently working on books about illustrated medieval Arabic manuscripts, the study of medieval Iranian architecture in the early 1900s through the archive of Myron Bement Smith, and the lectures he delivered in the Ehsan Yarshater series at SOAS, University