The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

Rembrandt and the Inspiration of India

Thursday, Nov. 15, 2018 – Thursday, Nov. 15, 2018

06:30 PM – 07:30 PM



Presented by Stephanie Schrader, curator, drawings department, J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles; and editor of the book “Rembrandt and the Inspiration of India”

In an intriguing moment late in his career, Rembrandt (1606–1669) created a series of 23 unusually meticulous drawings depicting emperors, princes, and courtiers from Mughal India. The extraordinary group of drawings was inspired by paintings imported into Amsterdam from the Dutch trading post in the Indian city of Surat.

Stephanie Schrader, curator of the J. Paul Getty Museum’s 2018 exhibition Rembrandt and the Inspiration of India, explores how the drawings demonstrate that Rembrandt’s contact with Indian art inspired him to draw in a different style on Asian paper. She looks at how the Mughal compositions Rembrandt copied were not merely foreign curiosities, but carried with them associations of empire, trade, luxury, and exceptional artifice.

A reception and book signing follow the talk.

About the annual Virginia and Ira Jackson Lecture
Virginia and Ira Jackson created an endowment in 1998 to fund an annual lecture at the Museum on the collecting and connoisseurship of prints and drawings. Free and open to the public, the Virginia and Ira Jackson Lecture is the only program of its type in the United States.

Drop in! This lecture is free. Seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis.

► Plan ahead for your visit with parking information.


  • Tuesday - Wednesday, 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
    Thursday, 10:00 am - 9:00 pm
    Friday - Saturday, 10:00 am - 7:00 pm
    Sunday, 12:15 pm - 7:00 pm
    Monday: Closed (Except Monday Holidays). Closed Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day.
  • General Admission

    • MFAH Members FREE
    • Adults $15
    • Seniors (65+ with ID) $10
    • Military (with ID) $10
    • College Students (19+ with ID) $7.50
    • Youth (13–18) $7.50
    • Children (12 & younger) FREE
    • Certain special exhibitions are ticketed, with an additional charge.
    On Thursday, general admission is free for everyone.

Directions & Parking

  • Free Parking
  • Paid Parking
  • Street Parking
  • Make visiting a snap! Visit mfah.org/parking for complete parking info, including a map you can download.

    Two Parking Garages        

    Parking Garage Hours

    Open daily from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m.

    Parking Garage Fees

    • Parking payments may be made only with major credit cards, or with MasterCard and Visa debit cards.
    • The first 30 minutes are always free. On Thursday, parking is free for visitors who enter the Museum between 5 p.m. and 9 p.m.
    • For hourly rates, go to mfah.org/parking
    Recommendation for guests with limited mobility: Use the covered drop-off lane at the Main Street entrance to the Beck Building, or use wheelchair-accessible parking in the garage at 1144 Binz Street.

Special Offers / Dining

Paolo Fronza, from Fellini Caffè, runs this sophisticated dining operation. Enjoy an array of Italian-inspired fare with a Texas flair, a European-style coffee bar, a kids menu, and much more at the MFA Café, located on the lower level of the Beck Building.

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