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Asia Talks: Islamic Architecture of Deccan India

Apr 17 2018

Seattle Art Museum

Plestcheeff Auditorium

7 PM – 8 PM

Islamic Architecture of Deccan India: The Sultans of Bijapur and Golconda-Hyderabad

The architectural achievements of the Muslim rulers of the Deccan region of peninsular India are among the most impressive and gorgeously decorated buildings anywhere in the Muslim world. They testify to the wealth of the Deccan sultans of Bijapur and Golconda-Hyderabad, and the cultural refinements of their courts in the 16th and 17th centuries.

George Michell, renowned historian of Indian architecture, will introduce highlights from these two kingdoms, illustrated with commissioned photographs by Antonio Martinelli. They include huge fortified cities with walled citadels protecting audience halls, residential apartments and pleasure pavilions, as well as imposing mosques and funerary complexes.

Dr. George Michell has conducted research at numerous heritage sites in India, including more than 20 years documenting the ruins of Hampi Vijayanagara with archaeologist Dr John M. Fritz. Among Michell’s recent publications are Mughal Architecture & Gardens (2011), Temple Architecture and Art of the Early Chalukyas (2014), Late Temple Architecture of India, 15th to 19th Centuries (2015), Mansions of Chettinad (2017), and Buddhist Rock-Cut Monasteries of the Western Ghats (2017).


206.442.8480 [email protected]

$10; SAM members $5
Image: Ibrahim Rauza, 17th century, Bijapur, India, photo: Antonio Martinelli.