Divine Pleasures: Painting from India's Rajput Courts

The Kronos Collections

Exhibition Website

Jun 14 2016 - Sep 12 2016

The Kronos Collection of Indian painting embodies a finely distilled selection of nearly 100 works from the royal courts of northern India, forming a major promised gift by collector Steven M. Kossak to The Metropolitan Museum of Art. These vivid and inspired images—dating from the 16th to the early 19th century and representing almost all major artistic centers of Rajasthan and the Punjab Hills—reflect the meeting of artistic talent, spiritual devotion, and royal taste.

Divine Pleasures celebrates the collection and presents this visual splendor in relation to the rich literary and philosophical traditions of Indian Hinduism.

Credit: Exhibition overview from museum website

Whether you go or not, the exhibition catalog, Divine Pleasures: Painting from India's Rajput Courts. The Kronos Collections, features more than 90 important paintings from the predominantly Hindu Rajput tradition of Indian painting, and are highlights from the Kronos Collection, one of the finest holdings of Indian art. Splendidl illustrations show that many of the paintings are characterized by their brilliant colors and vivid depictions of scenes from Hindu epics, mystical legends, and courtly life. Along with an informative entry for every work and a personal essay by expert and collector Steven M. Kossak, the book contains an extensive essay by Terence McInerney that outlines the history of Indian painting, with a special emphasis on the Rajput courts


  • Painting
  • Asian
  • Sacred
  • India

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