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US Metropolitan Museum of Art to exhibit paintings from India’s Rajput courts

Nearly 100 paintings from the royal courts of Rajasthan and Punjab, many of them never exhibited publicly before, and dating back to the 16th and the early 19th century will be displayed at the prestigious Metropolitan Museum of Art here.

The ‘Divine Pleasures: Painting from India’s Rajput Courts–The Kronos Collections’ exhibit will run from June 14 through September at the Metropolitan Museum of Art (The Met).

The nearly 100 masterful paintings, show “compelling episodes” from Hindu epic and poetic literature of the Indian subcontinent.

Most of the paintings in the collection are a gift by Steven Kossak from his family’s Kronos Collections.

Created mainly between the 16th and the early 19th century for the royal courts of Rajasthan and the Punjab Hills in northern India, the collection was assembled over nearly four decades by Kossak, formerly a curator in The Met’s Department of Asian Art.

“These distinguished paintings constitute one of the premier collections of this material in private hands, and their eventual addition to The Met collection will transform the Museum’s holdings of Rajput painting,” The Met director and CEO Thomas Campbell said.

The exhibition will be organised into three major sections–Early Rajput and Rajasthan, early Pahari (Punjab Hills), and later Pahari.

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