Bihishtābād

The History, Art and Architecture of the Mughal Empire

The Elusive Simplicity of a History of Equal Parts

Javanese painting by Tirto de Gresik (c. 1890) showing Surapati killing captain Tack in 1686
© Tropenmuseum, Amsterdam

Romain Bernard proposes remedies to Eurocentrism and discusses his book on the subject in an interview with Laetitia Bianchi.

C’est très bien, l’émotion esthétique, mais ça ne nous dit rien… Faire au pas de course une exposition où on a vu de très belles enluminures, et se dire qu’on a vécu un voyage en étrangeté, je crois que c’est sous-estimer grandement l’épaisseur de l’étrangeté.

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