Mediating Netherlandish Art and Material Culture in Asia

Edited by Thomas DaCosta Kaufmann and Michael North

Mediating Netherlandish Art and Material Culture in Asia

Edited by Thomas DaCosta Kaufmann and Michael North

Distributed for Amsterdam University Press

432 pages | 200 color plates | 8 1/4 x 10 1/4
Cloth $130.00 ISBN: 9789089645692 Published November 2014 For sale only in the United States, its dependencies, the Philippines, and Canada
Scholars have extensively documented the historical and socioeconomic impact of the Dutch East India Company. They have paid much less attention to the company’s significant influence on Asian art and visual culture.

Mediating Netherlandish Art and Material Culture in Asia addresses this imbalance with a wide range of contributions covering such topics as Dutch and Chinese art in colonial and indigenous households; the rise of Hollandmania in Japan; and the Dutch painters who worked at the court of the Persian shahs. Together, the contributors shed new light on seventeenth-century Dutch visual culture—and the company that spread it across Asia.

Introduction: Mediating Cultures

            Thomas DaCosta Kaufmann, and Michael North

 1          Terms of Reception: Europeans and Persians and each other’s Art

            Gary Schwartz

 2     Reconfiguring the Northern European Print to Depict Sacred History at the Persian Court

            Amy Landau

 3          Dutch Cemeteries in South India

            Martin Krieger

 4     Coasts and Interiors of India:
Early Modern Indo-Dutch Cross Cultural Exchanges

            Ranabir Chakravarti

 5     Art and Material Culture in the Cape Colony and Batavia in the Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries

            Michael North

 6          Indische Architecture in Indonesia

            Peter Nas

 7     The Cultural Dimension of the Dutch East India Company Settlements in Dutch-Period Ceylon, 1700-1800, with special reference to Galle

            Lodewijk Wagenaar

 8          European Artists in the Service of the Dutch East India Company

            Marten Jan Bok

9          Scratching the Surface: On the Dutch in Taiwan and China

            Thomas DaCosta Kaufmann

 10    The Dutch Presence in Japan: The VOC on Deshima and its Impact on the Japanese Culture

            Matthi Forrer and Yoriko Kobayashi-Sato

 11    From Optical Prints to Ukie to Ukiyoe: The Adoption and Adaptation of Western Linear Perspective in Japan

            Matthi Forrer

12    Japan’s Encounters with the West through the VOC: Western Paintings and their Appropriation in Japan

            Yoriko Kobayashi-Sato

 13         “To Capture their Favour”: On Gift-Giving by the VOC

            Cynthia Viallé

 14         Circulating Art and Material Culture: A Model of Transcultural Mediation

            Astrid Erll

Review Quotes
“This volume has much to offer in the fields of economics, religion, material culture broadly defined, and history; its sound methodology may be applied to other transcultural mediations. . . . Recommended.”
Journal of Jesuit Studies
“A fascinating compilation of thoughtful and well-documented essays. Collectively these offer an invaluable introduction to the VOC’s activities across its vast commercial realm.”
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