Exhibitions/ Poetry and Devotion in Indian Painting: Two Decades of Collecting

Poetry and Devotion in Indian Painting: Two Decades of Collecting

At The Met Fifth Avenue
June 15–December 4, 2016
Exhibitions are free with Museum admission.

Exhibition Overview

This small exhibition recognizes the contributions to the Department of Asian Art by Steven M. Kossak, curator in the department from 1986 to 2006. It features 22 of the dozens of Rajput and Pahari paintings that were acquired during his tenure, including a large intricately painted and printed cloth pichhwai (temple hanging).


Related Digital Publication

Painting of figures in a colorful landscape

In A Poetic Approach to Devotion, learn about the Hindu gods in Rajput and Pahari painting and how courtly patrons understood them within India's great poetic tradition.


The exhibition is made possible by The Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Foundation Fund.


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Exhibition Objects





Attributed to Nainsukh (active ca. 1735–78). Raja Balwant Singh Revering Krishna and Radha (detail), ca. 1745–50. India (Himachal Pradesh, Jasrota). Ink, opaque watercolor, and gold on paper. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, Rogers Fund, 1994 (1994.377)