- Publisher: The Metropolitan Museum of Art
- Pages: 272
- Illustrations: 140 in full color
- Dimensions: 9 1/2'' x 11''
- Format: Hardcover
- Author: Terence McInerney
- ISBN: 9781588395900
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By Terence McInerney
Essays by Steven M. Kossak and Navina Najat Haidar
Particularly distinguished for paintings made for the Indian royal courts between the 16th and 19th centuries, the Kronos Collections feature brilliantly colored works characterized by powerful depictions of scenes from Hindu epics, mystical legends, and courtly life. The nearly 100 works in this catalogue —many of them illustrated here for the first time—represent a new way of seeking the divine through a form of personal devotion that had permeated India's Hindu community. While explaining the gods, demons, lovers, fantastical creatures, and mystical symbols central to Rajput literature and worship, this publication celebrates the diverse styles and traditions of Indian painting. Divine Pleasures presents a nuanced view of a way of life intimately tied to the seasons, the arts, and the spiritual.
Terence McInerney is an independent scholar, retired art dealer, and author of numerous articles on Indian painting. Steven M. Kossak is a former curator in the Department of Asian Art at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Navina Najat Haidar is Curator in the Department of Islamic Art at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.
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