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Rembrandt and the Inspiration of India

Exhibition: 13 March - 24 June 2018

One of the most intriguing series in Rembrandt’s oeuvre comprises his drawings made in the style of artists serving the Mughal court in India. Juxtaposing Rembrandt’s depictions of Mughal rulers and courtiers with Indian paintings and drawings of similar compositions, this exhibition reveals how contact with Mughal art inspired Rembrandt to draw in an entirely different, refined style prompted by his curiosity for a foreign culture.

Rembrandt van Rijn (1606-1669), Shah Jahan and Dara Shikoh, ca. 1656-1661
The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles