Catherine Asher is a professor in the Department of Art History at the University of Minnesota. She has written extensively on Indian art and architecture since 1200 in a series of essays and books, but has been particularly interested in the Mughals and how they were perceived in the 19th through 21st centuries. Her essay “Multiple Memories: Lives of the Taj Mahal,” in Crossing Cultures: Conflict / Migration / Convergence, (2008) is a recent reflection of this interest. Her initial interest in this project derives from her book, Architecture of Mughal India (1992) and her co-edited volume, Perceptions of South Asia’s Visual Past (1994). This theme and others is explored in her co-authored book, India before Europe (2006). Currently Catherine Asher is working on the built environment of Jaipur from its foundation in the 18th century to the present.
Catherine's essay at Tasveer Ghar:
Fantasizing the Mughals and Popular Perceptions of the Taj Mahal