Compelling episodes from the epic poetic literature of the Indian subcontinent dominate the nearly 100 masterful paintings - most a 2015 promised gift by Steven M. 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 Mr. Kossak, formerly a curator in The Met's Department of Asian Art. Rapurt court painting was mainly intended for royal delectation, to amplify, through the artistic fantasy manifest in the pictures - well known religious, quasi-religious, and secular texts and subjects.
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