A Splendid Land

Paintings from Royal Udaipur



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How and why did painters centre sensory experience, enchanting emotions, and cultural landscapes in South Asia? A Splendid Land is the first exhibition to address this question through dazzling paintings made over a period of two hundred years, spanning from Mughal to colonial India, that have never been published or exhibited in the United States.

Around 1700, artists in Udaipur began creating large, immersive paintings to convey the mood (bhava) of the city’s palaces, lakes, and mountains. A Splendid Land explores how painters depicted places, mapped terrains, and triggered memories to foster political and personal attachments to land. By examining social networks, ecological relations, and pleasurable pursuits, and by drawing upon previously untranslated sources and engaging with the history of the senses, A Splendid Land opens early modern art history to new interpretative possibilities.

Additional information

Weight 2344 g
Dimensions 25.4 x 29.8 cm
Publisher name Hirmer Verlag GmbH
Publication date 28 February 2023
Number of pages 395
Format Hardback
Contributors Edited by Debra Diamond and Dipti Khera
Dimensions 25.4 x 29.8 cm
Weight 2344 g


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Dipti Khera, PhD: Associate Professor of Art History, Department of Art History, and Institute of Fine Arts, New York University, Trained in architecture, museum anthropology, and art history, Dipti Khera has published on Indian painting, colonial taste and design, and early modern mobilities revealed through vernacular travel objects. Khera's The Place of Many Moods: Udaipur's Painted Lands and India's Eighteenth Century (Princeton University Press, 2020) was awarded the American Institute of Indian Studies' Edward Cameron Dimock, Jr. Prize in Indian Humanities. Among her many collaborations, "The 'Long' 18th Century?," coedited for Journal18 (Fall 2021), addresses periodization and pedagogy; and projects with the City Palace Museum (Udaipur) and the Abhay Jain Granthalaya (Bikaner) expand the conservation, digitization, and exhibition of lesser-known artifacts.

Debra Diamond, PhD Elizabeth Moynihan Curator of South and Southeast Asian Art: A specialist in Indian court painting and the visual culture of yoga, Debra Diamond has published extensively on Indian painting as well as on photographic landscapes and contemporary Asian art. Among Diamond's many award-winning exhibitions are Garden and Cosmos: The Royal Paintings of Jodhpur (2008), Yoga: The Art of Transformation (2013-14), and Encountering the Buddha: Art and Practice Across Asia (2017-22). She also served as editor for the museum handbook Paths to Perfection: Buddhist Art at the Freer|Sackler (D Giles Ltd, 2017).