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Raja Balwant Singh Revering Krishna and Radha

Artist:
Attributed to Nainsukh (active ca. 1735–78)
Date:
ca. 1745–50
Culture:
India (Himachal Pradesh, Jasrota)
Medium:
Ink, opaque watercolor, and gold on paper
Dimensions:
Overall: 7 3/4 x 6 1/8 in. (19.7 x 15.6 cm)
Classification:
Paintings
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1994
Accession Number:
1994.377
Not on view
Here, Krishna and Radha appear as Raja Balwant Singh’s devotional vision. Subtly, Nainsukh has created two contrasting worlds, one occupied by the deities and the other by their devotee, who stands at the threshold. Balwant Singh looks into Krishna’s eyes and in turn receives his Lord’s grace. The setting is a terrace of the raja’s court framed by a landscape, and the orange canopy draws us into the divine space of the gods, who sit on a gilded, cushioned throne. Nainsukh gives tremendous power to this work by omitting embellishing design and thereby focusing on the essentials.
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Indian Paintings," 1994–95.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Indian Court Painting: 16th–19th Century," March 25, 1997–July 6, 1997.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Painting in the Punjab Hills," 1999–2000.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Gods and Demons," 2000–2001.

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New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Painting in the Punjab Hills," November 20, 2007–March 16, 2008.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Krishna: Mythology and Worship," March 1, 2008–July 28, 2008.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Wonder of the Age: Master Painters of India, 1100–1900," September 26, 2011–January 8, 2012.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Masterpieces of Hindu Court Painting," July 17, 2013–September 8, 2013.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Poetry and Devotion in Indian Painting: A Curatorial Legacy," June 15, 2016–December 4, 2016.

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