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The Painter Farrukh Beg: A Traveler in Mughal India

The Los Angeles County Museum of Art presents its Fourth Annual Lecture by distinguished guest Dr. Milo Cleveland Beach.

Thursday, April 08, 2010
7:30 PM - 9:00 PM
Brown Auditorium
5905 Wilshire Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90036

The Fourth Annual Distinguished Lecture on South and Southeast Asian Art presents Milo Cleveland Beach, former director of the Smithsonian’s Freer and Sackler Galleries. In this lecture Dr. Beach examines the great painter Farrukh Beg. After emigrating from Iran in the late sixteenth century, he worked at four different royal courts in India, changing his manner of painting each time to match the tastes of a new patron. His most important but least known works were placed in the Gulshan Album, a volume assembled by the early 17th-century Mughal emperor Jahangir. Now in the Golestan Library, Tehran, these illustrations — the focus of this talk — are among the finest surviving Mughal paintings, and help define the personality of a restless, uniquely independent master artist.

About the Speaker:

Dr. Beach is a renowned scholar of South Asian painting and author of numerous books and articles, including The Silk Road and Beyond: Travel, Trade, and Transformation (2007) and Rajasthani Painters: Bagta and Chokha, Master Artists at Devgarh (2005).

About the image:

Attributed to Govardhan
Page of Calligraphy from a Gulshan Album
India, Mid 16th - Early 17th century
Los Angeles County Museum of Art
From the Nasli and Alice Heeramaneck Collection, Museum Associates Purchase (M.78.9.11)

Cost : Free and Open to the Public

Julie Romain,Curatorial Assistant, South and Southeast Asian Art
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