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Radha, the Beloved of Krishna

ca. 1750
India (Rajasthan, Kishangarh)
Ink and opaque watercolor on paper
Image: 12 1/2 x 9 in. (31.8 x 22.9 cm) Page: 18 x 12 5/8 in. (45.7 x 32.1 cm)
Credit Line:
Cynthia Hazen Polsky and Leon B. Polsky Fund, 2005
Accession Number:
Not on view
In this idealized portrait of Krishna's beloved, Radha, her features reflect metaphors of beauty found in Sanskrit literature: eye like a lotus flower, eyebrow like a bow, chin like a mango stone and sharp nose like a parrot's beak. This stylization stands in sharp contrast to the Mughal-influenced style, which had flourished in the small kingdom of Kishangarh two decades earlier, and demonstrates the radical aesthetic departures of the court painter Nihal Chand, who developed a distinctive "Rajput" style for his patron.
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "New Acquisitions in Perspective," 2006.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Painting in Rajasthan," 2007.

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

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