The Imperial Image: Paintings for the Mughal Court by Milo Cleveland Beach
Call Number: Oversize ND 3247 B39 2012 ++
Publication Date: 2012 (Washington, D.C. : Freer Gallery of Art, Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, Smithsonian Institution)
Books have been treasured for centuries in the Islamic world, as precious objects worthy of royal admiration. This was especially true in Muslim India, where generations of Mughal emperors commissioned and collected volumes of richly illuminated manuscripts and lavishly illustrated folios. They assembled workshops of the leading artists and calligraphers to produce the books that filled their extensive libraries. Today, those works remain a vibrant part of India's cultural and artistic history in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries.
(the book itself is not in the exhibit but on the dictionary stand near the exhibit, and can be checked out)