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Credit: Courtesy Collection Frits Lugt, Institut Neerlandais, Paris

From the mid-18th century to the beginning of British colonial rule in 1858, Lucknow was the cultural center of northern India. European artists and adventurers traveled to the city to view a different kind of wealth, opulence, and beauty. Paintings, jewelry, and more from the “Constantinople of India” are now on display at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, in India’s Fabled City: The Art of Courtly Lucknow. Almost 200 pieces—including Mir Kalan Khan’s A Drowning Man Saved From Marine Monsters by a Princely Boat—are organized in 12 sections, with two devoted to the city’s landscape and palatial architecture. Through Feb. 27. • lacma.org