The 18th century was a period of heightened contact between India and France, resulting in the circulation of images and ideas between the courts of the Mughals and that of Versailles. A set of objects from the collection of Jean-Baptiste Gentil, a French East India Company officer who lived in the subcontinent for 25 years, embodied these exchanges. In this talk, Chanchal Dadlani explores how Gentil collaborated with Indian artists and translators to produce albums that mediated between the traditions of Mughal manuscript painting and the audiences of 18th-century Paris, ultimately revealing the impact of Mughal manuscript culture on 18th-century French knowledge production.
Chanchal Dadlani is Associate Professor of Art History and ZSR Foundation Faculty Fellow at Wake Forest University.
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