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Radha and Krishna Walk in a Flowering Grove (recto); Krishna Fluting (verso)

Artist:
The Kota Master (Indian, active early 18th century)
Date:
ca. 1720 (recto); ca. 1750–75 (verso)
Culture:
India (Rajasthan, Kota)
Medium:
Ink, opaque watercolor, and gold on paper
Dimensions:
recto: 7 1/2 x 4 3/8 in. (19.1 x 11.1 cm) verso: 9 x 5 7/8 in. (22.9 x 14.9 cm)
Classification:
Paintings
Credit Line:
Cynthia Hazen Polsky and Leon B. Polsky Fund, 2003
Accession Number:
2003.178a, b
Not on view
Krishna and Radha gaze into each other’s eyes during a sunset walk. Their love is expressed by the multitude of birds, the flowering trees, and the intertwining of their bodies and garments. This quintessential Indian idea—that nature echoes human passion—is beautifully manifested in this work by a master who has successfully translated emotion into visual delight. The personification of nobles as the lovers Krishna and Radha was a popular pictorial theme in Kota and other Rajasthani courts. The subject relates to the poetry of the time.
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Krishna: Mythology and Worship," February 9, 2004–May 9, 2004.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Painting in Rajasthan, 1650–1850," February 15, 2005–July 3, 2005.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Gods and Demons," November 14, 2006–March 4, 2007.

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

Nashville. Frist Center for the Visual Arts. "Vishnu: India's Blue-Skinned Savior," February 25, 2011–May 29, 2011.

New York. Brooklyn Museum. "Vishnu: India's Blue-Skinned Savior," June 24, 2011–August 18, 2011.

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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