History of Art and Architecture

Jessica Keating Lecture


Thursday, March 7, 2013 - 4:00pm to 5:30pm

“Metamorphosis at the Mughal Court: The Case of the Diana Automaton

Jessica Keating, PhD, Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in Early Modern Visual Studies, University of Southern California

This paper considers how a seventeenth-century German Automaton featuring the Roman Goddess Diana atop a stag made its way to the court of the Mughal Emperor Jahangir (1569-1627), and it explores this object's social life outside of its putative home of the Holy Roman Empire.