Annual Lecture on the Arts of South and Southeast Asia
Making Madurai: Temple Arts in Early Modern South India
Crispin Branfoot, School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London
The ancient city of Madurai seen today owes a great deal to the Nayakas, who ruled over the far south of India for two centuries until 1736. During their reign, many new temples were built, and older ones renovated and expanded. Examine the architecture, sculpture, and painting of this period in relation to both the fragmented political authority of the great Vijayanagar Empire and the older Tamil Pandya traditions.
This lecture is made possible by the generous support of Jeff Soref and Paul Lombardi, Jeff Soref Fund of the Stonewall Community Foundation.