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Volume 39 Number 1, December 1987

A Mirror of Princes

The Mughals and the Medici


Edited by:  Dalu Jones

Price:   Rs 4000 (INR) / $90 (USD)
Binding:   Hardcover  
ISBN:   81-85026-01-7  
Dimensions:   324 x 241 mm

    The Medici of Italy and the Mughals of India were contemporaries and each in their own way rose to parallel peaks of civilization. This volume vividly presents points of confluence and divergence of countries and cultures which at first sight seem widely different, providing a fresh perception of the nature of patronage as a mirror of power.

    Introduction
    Kapila Vatsyayan

    Patronage under the Medici and the Mughals: Cultural Parallels and Artistic Exchanges
    Dalu Jones

    Pietre Dure and Other Artistic Contacts between the Court of the Mughals and that of the Medici
    Ebba Koch

    The City as an Image of the King: Some Notes on the Town-Planning of Mughal Capitals in the 16th and 17th Centuries
    Attilio Petruccioli

    Hanging Gardens in the Princely Capitals of Rajasthan and in Renaissance Italy: Sacred Space, Earthly Paradise, Secular Ritual
    Jan Pieper

    Metaphysical and Ephemeral Architecture
    Giusto Puri Purini

    The “Savonarola” Chair in Mughal Miniatures
    Rosa Maria Cimino

    Florentine Merchants in India in the 16th Century
    Marco Spallanzani

    Customs and Costumes: Travellers’ Tales of the Medici and the Mughals
    Alberta Fabris Grube

    The Origins and Early Development of Florentine Pietra Dura at the Court of the Medici
    Anna Maria Giusti

    Repercussions of the Counter-Reformation on the Works of the Mughal and the Florentine Painters: “Realism” in the Late 16th and Early 17th Centuries
    Emma Devapriam