21.9 x 16.2 cm image; 28.6 x 21.3 cm sheet
This painting shows the dark-skinned Hindu god Krishna and his beloved Radha. Clad in pink lotus petals, they gaze tenderly at one another. The intense passion Radha feels for Krishna is a metaphor for a devotee’s desire for union with the divine. While the painting can be interpreted as an intimate moment of lovers at play, it also refers to the common practice of 'flower dressing’ (phulsajya) when religious images are adoringly dressed. The heavily outlined, elongated eyes and somewhat fleshy chins of the figures are typical features of early 18th-century Mankot painting.
Asian Art Department, AGNSW, September 2011.
Art Gallery of New South Wales, Art Gallery of New South Wales Annual Report 2007, Sydney, 2007, 7 (colour illus.).
Carol Cains, Krishna: love and devotion, 'Krishna the lover', p14-17, Victoria, 2007, 14-17. General reference
Chaya Chandrasekhar, Look, 'Love amongst the lotuses', pg. 15, Newtown, Aug 2007, 15 (colour illus.).
Yvonne Tan, Asian Art Newspaper, 'Intimate Encounters, Indian Paintings from Australian Collections', London, Apr 2008, 13 (illus).
Intimate Encounters: Indian paintings from Australian collections, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 22 Feb 2007–04 May 2007
One hundred flowers (2011), Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 01 Sep 2011–15 Jan 2012