Professor, Art History

John Seyller was educated at the University of California, Berkeley, and Harvard University, and is widely regarded as one of the foremost scholars of Indian painting. He has written extensively on paintings produced in many regions of India, but particularly on paintings and manuscripts produced at the Mughal court in the 16th and 17th centuries. His ground-breaking articles have detailed the workshop mechanisms of the Mughal atelier, the collection and valuation of books in the imperial library, and the careers of many individual artists.

He offers a wide range of courses in Asian art, including Southeast Asian art, Chinese painting, and Japanese art.




Among his fifteen books are The Adventures of Hamza: Painting and Storytelling in Mughal India (Washington, D.C., 2002), the catalogue of an international exhibition; seven scholarly catalogues of various schools of painting in the world-renowned collection of the Jagdish and Kamla Mittal Museum of Indian Art, Hyderabad; and The Ramayana of Hamida Banu Begum, Queen Mother of Mughal India (Doha, 2020). He is currently working on Rajasthani painting and an unprecedented corpus of Indo-Islamic ownership seals on manuscripts.

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Office Location:

412 Williams Hall

Office Hours:

MW 1:00 – 2:00 pm & by appt.