Krishna and the Gopis Take Shelter from the Rain

Date:
1760
Culture:
India (Rajasthan, Jaipur)
Medium:
Ink, opaque watercolor, and gold on paper
Dimensions:
13 3/4 x 9 3/8 in. (34.9 x 23.8 cm)
Classification:
Paintings
Credit Line:
Purchase, Mr. and Mrs. John Wiley and Cynthia Hazen Polsky Gifts, and Rogers Fund, 1991
Accession Number:
1991.94
Not on view
Here, dark clouds fill the sky and Krishna shelters several gopis (cow maids), alluding to his lifting of Mount Govardhana to shield the inhabitants of the village of Braj from a devastating storm sent by the god Indra. The gopis’ devotion (bhakti) to Krishna is mimicked by the cows who share in their adoration. Krishna’s pastoral activity, which was mapped for places of pilgrimage, and his erotically charged relationship with the gopis, which speaks of his passionate connection to his devotees, came to be important aspects of religious life. Accordingly, they were the subjects of paintings at many of the Rajput courts.
[ Terence McInerney Fine Arts Ltd. , New York, until 1991, sold to MMA]
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