Exhibitions/ Art Object

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

The Kota Master (Indian, active early 18th century)
ca. 1720 (recto); ca. 1750–75 (verso)
India (Rajasthan, Kota)
Ink, opaque watercolor, and gold on paper
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)
Credit Line:
Cynthia Hazen Polsky and Leon B. Polsky Fund, 2003
Accession Number:
2003.178a, b
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 251
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.
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