Divine Pleasures: Painting from India's Rajput Courts
'It is the colors that awe most in Hindu painting of the 16th to 19th centuries: the saturated reds, the lambent golds, or the milky blues of Krishna’s skin and the sky at twilight. They are as vivid as ever in Divine Pleasures, a handsome and uncommon show at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, which features nearly 100 watercolor and ink paintings from northern India' - New York Times
This splendidly illustrated companion book to an exhibition at the The Met features over 90 important paintings from the predominantly Hindu Rajput tradition of Indian painting from the Kronos Collection, one of the finest holdings of Indian art.
These remarkable works-most of them published and illustrated here for the first time-were painted between the 16th and 18th centuries for the Indian royal courts in Rajastan and the Punjab Hills. Many of the paintings are characterised by their brilliant colours 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, and provides an overview of the subject with fresh insights and interpretations.
- Authors: Terence McInerney, Steven M. Kossak and Navina Najat Haidar
- Hardcover: 272 pages
- Date published: June 2016
- Language: English
- Delivery: Allow 1-2 weeks
- ISBN: 978-1588395900
- Product Dimensions: 28.3 x 25.0 cm