A Splendid Land

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Around 1700, artists in Udaipur began creating large, immersive paintings to convey the mood of the city's palaces, lakes, and mountains. A Splendid Land: Paintings from Royal Udaipur explores how painters depicted places, mapped terrains, and triggered memories to foster political and personal attachments to land through dazzling paintings that were made over a two-century period spanning from Mughal to colonial India—paintings which have never before been published or exhibited in the United States. The book opens up new interpretative possibilities by displacing the figure of the king to examine social networks, cultural landscapes, pleasure, and politics by drawing upon previously untranslated sources and by engaging with the latest scholarship on the history of the senses.

Museum Story

The Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, the Smithsonian's National Museum of Asian Art, opened to the public in 1923, a gift to the nation from Charles Lang Freer. The Gallery contains an extensive collection of oriental art, prints, sculpture and silk panels, as well as a major group of 19th and 20th century American works.


  • Hardcover
  • 400 pages
  • 270 color illustrations
  • 11.5" x 10"
  • Written by Debra Diamond (Elizabeth Moynihan Curator of South and Southeast Asian Art at the Smithsonian's National Museum of Asian Art) and Dipti Khera (associate professor in the Department of Art History and the Institute of Fine Arts at New York University)