Indian and Himalayan Art
Krishna and RadhaMade in Kishangarh, Rajasthan, India, Asia
Artist/maker unknown, India
Opaque watercolor and gold on cotton
Currently not on view
1984-72-1Purchased with the Edith H. Bell Fund, 1984
LabelThis unusually large painting was not intended as an illustration for a book, yet its subject matter celebrates one of the most famous love relationships in Indian literature. Stories of Radha and Krishna take place in everyday life, thus emphasizing the physical world and physical love. Romantic love is sensually depicted here through tender gestures and huge, hooded eyes (a hallmark of Kishangarh painting). The intimacy of this romantic love is also a metaphor for the inherent union of the adoring human soul (Radha) with the divine (Krishna).