Molly Aitken, Associate Professor, Art History, The City College of New York and Allison Busch, Associate Professor, Department of Middle Eastern, South Asian, and African Studies, Columbia University

Molly Aitken and Allison Busch share highlights from their collaborative book project on India’s remarkable tradition of painted poems. At the heart of Indian aesthetic theory was a concern with the idealized female form as a trigger for emotional response. The talk engages notions of vision and desire from Indian aesthetics with a special emphasis on Rasikapriya paintings from the MFA collection.

Image: Keshava Das’s “Rasikapriya”: The Shy Nayika, Indian, Mughal, about 1615. Opaque watercolor and gold on paper. Denman Waldo Ross Collection, 15.61b