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Author Khera, Dipti, author

Title The Place of Many Moods Udaipur's Painted Lands and India's Eighteenth Century / Dipti Khera
Published Princeton : Princeton University Press, 2020
Baltimore, Md. : Project MUSE, 0000
2020
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Contents Frontmatter -- Contents -- Acknowledgments -- Note on Transliteration -- Introduction. Medium of Moods and Picturing of Place -- Chapter 1. Enlarging Painted Places and Imagining Moods Anew -- Chapter 2. Passionate Monsoons and Monumental Paintings -- Chapter 3. Worlds of Pleasure and Politics of Connoisseurship -- Chapter 4. Modes of Knowing and Skills of Drawing -- Chapter 5. Charismatic Places and Colonial Spaces -- Conclusion. Memorializing Moods and Recovering Histories -- Appendix -- Notes -- Bibliography -- Index -- Image Credits
Summary "India retains one of the richest painting traditions in the history of global visual culture, one that both parallels aspects of European traditions and also diverges from it. While European artists venerated the landscape and landscape paintings, it is rare in the Indian tradition to find depictions of landscapes for their sheer beauty and mood, without religious or courtly significance. There is one glorious exception: Painters from the city of Udaipur in Northwestern India specialized in depicting places, including the courtly worlds and cities of rajas, sacred landscapes of many gods, and bazaars bustling with merchants, pilgrims, and craftsmen. Their court paintings and painted invitation scrolls displayed rich geographic information, notions of territory, and the bhāva, or feel, emotion, and mood of a place. This is the first book to use artistic representations of place to trace the major aesthetic, intellectual, and political shifts in South Asia over the long eighteenth century. While James Tod, the first British colonial agent based in Udaipur, established the region's reputation as a principality in a state of political and cultural deterioration, author Dipti Khera uses these paintings to suggest a counter-narrative of a prosperous region with beautiful and bountiful cities, and plentiful rains and lakes. She explores the perspectives of courtly communities, merchants, pilgrims, monks, laypeople, and officers, and the British East India Company's officers, explorers, and artists. Throughout, she draws new conclusions about the region's intellectual and artistic practices, and its shifts in political authority, mobility, and urbanity"-- Provided by publisher
Notes Based on the author's thesis (Ph.D.)--Columbia University, 2013, under the title: Picturing India's "Land of Kings" between the Mughal and British empires : topographical imaginings of Udaipur and its environs
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes Description based on print version record
Subject Art and society -- India -- Udaipur (Rajasthan) -- History -- 18th century
Painting -- Political aspects -- India -- Udaipur (Rajasthan) -- History -- 18th century
ART / Asian / Indian & South Asian.
Art and society
Intellectual life
Painting -- Political aspects
Udaipur (Rajasthan, India) -- In art
Udaipur (Rajasthan, India) -- Intellectual life -- 18th century
India -- Udaipur (Rajasthan)
Genre/Form Art
History
Form Electronic book
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LC no. 2020002331
ISBN 0691209111
9780691209111