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Portraits, Kings, Landscape: The Practice of Painting at Udaipur

Bhagwat Prakash, 2nd Floor, Zenana Mahal

Drawn from the ancestral collection of the rulers of Mewar, the exhibition places paintings at the heart of Mewar’s court life. Curated by Dr Shailka Mishra, it emphasizes on the role of paintings as going beyond their illustrative and documentary nature to reflect not only the power and authority of the Maharanas but also its strategic use in the self-fashioning of the Sisodia dynasty. It particularly acknowledges and celebrates the role and skill of Udaipur’s artists; an underlying theme in the exhibition. 

This exhibition was made possible by the financial assistance provided by the Ministry of Culture, Government of India.


The City Palace Museum, Udaipur is housed within the very iconic, 450 year old Palace, the former abode of the rulers of Mewar. It was formally declared as a Museum open to the public in 1969 through the efforts of Maharana Bhagwat Singh of Mewar (r. 1955-1984 CE). The Mardana Mahal and Zenana Mahal of The City Palace, Udaipur was bequeathed to the Maharana of Mewar Charitable Foundation (MMCF), a trust established by Maharana Bhagwat Singh himself. With it, he also provided a major endowment for the cause. Thus, The City Palace Museum, Udaipur came into being. Fifty years hence; The City Palace Museum has grown immensely and continues to draw visitors in increasing numbers from all across the globe.


The royal family of Mewar and its mighty kingdom are believed to have descended from the Sun, Suryavanshis as they are called, tracing lineage from Lord Rama through his elder son Lav. Way prior to Udaipur being selected as the capital, several other flourishing towns served as the capital; Nagda being its oldest. Lying at a distance of twenty kilometres to the north of Udaipur, Nagda (Nagdriha Read More



The captivating City Palace Museum galleries are filled with priceless regal memorabilia.