Krishna and Radha (Primary Title)

Unknown (Artist)

ca. 1760-80
Indian
Paintings
Works On Paper
opaque watercolor on paper
Rajasthan, Kishangarh, India
Sheet: 7 1/2 × 5 3/4 in. (19.05 × 14.61 cm)
Mat: 20 × 16 in. (50.8 × 40.64 cm)
68.8.106
Not on view
Though early textual sources make only brief mention of a favorite gopi, later devotional literature overflows with accounts of Krishna’s adored Radha. Their love began when they were young children and later erupted into a highly charged passionate affair. Metaphorically, their frequent trysts in the forest reference the soul’s (Radha’s) ardent desire for union with God (Krishna). In the dreamlike style practiced by artists from Kishangarh, this painting depicts Krishna, Radha, and one of her companions meeting in a glade. The yellowish greens of the ethereal palette, the otherworldliness of the lovers’ elegantly stylized faces, and the seeming weightlessness of their longrobed bodies perfectly capture the transcendent qualities of the divine relationship.
Nasli and Alice Heeramaneck Collection, Gift of Paul Mellon
"Kishangarh School of Indian Miniature Painting by Dr. Shantaram Talegaonker,” Richmond's Festival of India, 25th Anniversary, October 2006, pp. 56-57, b&w ill. p. 57.

Dye, Joseph M. The Arts of India: Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. London: Philipp Wilson, 2001. (cat. no. 123, pp. 307-308)
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