Indian and Himalayan Art
Krishna and RadhaMade in Nurpur, Himachal Pradesh, India, Asia
or Mankot, Himachal Pradesh, India, Asia
Artist/maker unknown, India
Opaque watercolor, gold, and silver-colored paint on paper
Currently not on view
2004-149-33125th Anniversary Acquisition. Alvin O. Bellak Collection, 2004
LabelKrishna and his love Radha are captured in a warm, intimate embrace. As they gaze deeply into each other's eyes, each tenderly toys with the other's pearl necklace. By framing them in an elaborate, silver balcony window, the artist simultaneously puts them on display and invites the viewer into their serene world. The figures' unusually large scale makes the embrace all the more accessible, as if the viewer is not only witnessing the interaction of human and divine, but also participating in that union.