Exhibitions/ Art Object

Radha and Her Confidant Sit in an Open Room: Page from a Dispersed Rasikapriya

Date:
ca. 1680–90
Culture:
India (Madhya Pradesh, Malwa)
Medium:
Ink and opaque watercolor on paper
Dimensions:
Image: 8 3/4 × 5 3/4 in. (22.2 × 14.6 cm) Mat: 9 1/16 × 6 1/8 in. (23 × 15.6 cm)
Classification:
Paintings
Credit Line:
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Uzi Zucker, 1978
Accession Number:
1978.542.2
Not on view
In the Rasikapriya the poet Keshav Das addresses love in all its various aspects, focusing on secret desires and their outward manifestations. Here, Radha speaks to her confidante and go-between, undoubtedly arranging a secret meeting with her lover, Krishna. Details such as the stylized flowers at the base of the building as well as the beginnings of special depth seen in the architecture indicate contact with the painting ateliers of the Mughals.
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