Exhibitions/ Art Object

Krishna at the Feet of Radha: Page from a Dispersed Rasikapriya

India (Madhya Pradesh, Malwa)
Ink and opaque watercolor on paper
Image: 7 1/4 × 5 1/2 in. (18.4 × 14 cm)
Mat: 7 7/8 × 6 1/4 in. (20 × 15.9 cm)
Sheet: 8 3/8 × 6 5/8 in. (21.3 × 16.8 cm)
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1951
Accession Number:
Not on view
The Rasikapriya passage illustrated shows Radha arrogantly rejecting her lover, Krishna, who kneels in humility at her feet. Radha’s friend tries to intercede on Krishna’s behalf, and when Radha tells her to cease her chatter, she replies: “How long can you maintain your pride? Embrace him.” This early Malwa work sets the figures against a red background showing a simplified palace and thundercloud outlined in white, which is repeated in other pages from this section of the Rasikapriya. (This page is from the same manuscript as 35.34.)
Inscription: Inscription in Devanagari characters
[ Heeramaneck Galleries , New York, until 1951, sold to MMA]
New York. China House. "Indian Paintings, Eleventh to Twentieth Century," May 3, 1956–May 25, 1956.

New York. Cooper Union Museum for the Arts of Decoration. "The Logic and Magic of Color," April 19, 1960–August 31, 1960.

Gainesville. University of Florida. "Miniatures and Small Sculptures from India," April 10, 1966–May 29, 1966.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Masterpieces of the Art of India from the Museum's Collections," January 18, 1973–April 1, 1973.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Lyrical Visions: Paintings from North India," December 3, 2011–May 28, 2011.

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