Indian and Himalayan Art
Krishna and Radha beside a Pavilion
Artist/maker unknown, India
Opaque watercolor on paper
Currently not on view
2004-149-21125th Anniversary Acquisition. Alvin O. Bellak Collection, 2004
LabelThis painting of Krishna and Radha enjoying each other's company in a courtyard is typical of the romantic themes of the Rasikapriya, a Hindi poem of the 17th century which details human sentiments, of which the most important and best described are the sentiments of love. The image retains the characteristics of indigenous Indian painting that typified Malwa production throughout the seventeenth century. Although the composition is divided by patches of primary color and the architecture is flat, the drawing is more elegant in its enhanced details and gracefully elongated figures than earlier works from Malwa.