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Discovering Mughal painting in Vienna by Josef Strzygowski and his circle: the historiography of the Millionenzimmer

Koch, Ebba (2023) Discovering Mughal painting in Vienna by Josef Strzygowski and his circle: the historiography of the Millionenzimmer. Journal of Art Historiography (28). ISSN 2042-4752

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Identification Number/DOI: https://doi.org/10.48352/uobxjah.00004262


The paper discusses the ‘discovery’ of Mughal painting at Vienna and the pioneering research dedicated to it from the 1920s onwards by Josef Strzygowski and his circle. The focus is on the so-called Millionenzimmer at Schönbrunn Palace which was decorated in the 1760s under Maria Theresa with collages made of cut-up paintings of the Mughal empire. The dialectics of this unique decoration scheme are unravelled which emerges as a destructive and at the same time emphatic appropriation of the ‘other’. An additional interest is provided by the connection to Rembrandt and Schellinks who copied Mughal miniatures for which the prototypes appear in the Millionenzimmer. The conclusion draws a parallel to Mughal artistic appropriations.

Type of Work:Article
School/Faculty:Colleges (2008 onwards) > College of Arts & Law
Department:Department of Art History, Curating and Visual Studies
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Date:June 2023
Keywords: Josef Strzygowski, Mughal painting, Schönbrunn palace, Chinoiserie, orientalist approach, Rembrandt, Schellinks
Subjects:N Fine Arts > NX Arts in general
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ID Code:4262
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