Book: Milo Beach, The Imperial Image: Paintings for the Mughal Court 
THE IMPERIAL IMAGE: PAINTINGS FOR THE MUGHAL COURT 
Milo C. Beach
Revised and Expanded Edition
In this revised and expanded edition of his popular 1981 book, Dr. Milo Beach presents the superb collection of Mughal painting in the Freer Gallery of Art. He adds many of the outstanding works that entered the collection with the opening of the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery in 1987.
For centuries in the Islamic world, books have been treasured as precious objects worthy of royal admiration. This was especially true in Muslim India, where generations of Mughal emperors-from Babur and Humayun to Akbar, Jahangir, Shah Jahan, and Awrangzeb-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.
Milo Cleveland Beach, a museum director, teacher, and scholar of Indian painting, has written, lectured, and organized exhibitions internationally on paintings from Rajasthan and the Mughal court. Educated at Harvard University, he held curatorial positions at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, and the Fogg Art Museum, Harvard University, and professiorship at Williams College, Mass. He organized two major exhibitions The Grand Mogul: Imperial Painting in India 1600-1660, and The Imperial Image: Paintings for the Mughal Court. In 1984 he was the head of the new Arthur M. Sackler Gallery at the Smithsonian Institution, and and then director of both the Smithsonian and the Freer Gallery of Art.