An associate faculty member of the Aga Khan Program, David Roxburgh is a full professor in the Department of History of Art and Architecture at Harvard University. His publications include The Persian Album, 1400-1600: From Dispersal to Collection (New Haven: Yale University Press, 2004) and Prefacing the Image: The Writing of Art History in Sixteenth-Century Iran (Leiden: Brill, 2001). He completed his Ph.D. at the University of Pennsylvania in 1996, and has received numerous fellowships and conducted extensive research in North America, Europe, Asia, and the Middle East. His research focuses on the visual arts, principally the arts of the book, painting, and calligraphy.
Necipoglu, Gulru and David Roxburgh. “A Cross Cultural Aesthetic.” Lesson 14/22 presentation developed for the Aga Khan Trust for Culture Education Programme, 2019.
The fourteenth lesson in a 22 lesson course on Monuments of Islamic Architecture developed by Professors Gulru Necipoglu and David Roxburgh at the Aga Khan Program for Islamic Architecture at Harvard University. This lesson explores the wider question of architectural
style, the choices made in architecture, and its relationship to political
ideology. It will also explore the
architectural exchange exhibited between Peter the Just, also known as Pedro
the Cruel, and Muhammad V in their respective palaces and is intended to complicate the idea that particular kinds of architectural
styles are confined to particular religions, whether it be Judaism, Islam, or Christianity.