Dr. Larry Silver, Farquhar Professor of Art History at the University of Pennsylvania, will deliver the Phi Beta Kappa Visiting Scholar Lecture: “India Ink: Europe’s Earliest Views of the Subcontinent” on Monday,March 21, 2016 at 5:00pm in Scales 102.
This lecture will discuss European fascination with the “marvels of the East” focused primarily on India, first in illuminated manuscripts but especially in prints and travel books after the opening of the Indian Ocean in the sixteenth century. Professor Silver will present some of the remarkable imagery and (mis-)information about India as represented to European consumers.
Larry Silver is a specialist in painting and graphics of Northern Europe, particularly Germany and the Netherlands, during the era of Renaissance and Reformation. He has served as president of the College Art Association as well as of the Historians of Netherlandish Art, and was recently honored with the University of Pennsylvania’s Lindback Award for Teaching Excellence.