Krishna and Radha, Page from a Dispersed Rasikapriya (Verses Celebrating Aspects of Love)

Krishna approaches Radha and a go-between who has facilitated their meeting. The open pavilion and empty bed, allusions to a possible passionate encounter, are a recurrent theme within paintings illustrating the devotional poetry of the Rasikapriya. Bundi workshops developed a refined jewel-like painting style featuring patterned architecture and a verdant conception of nature. While the Bundi aesthetic shares many characteristics with the Mewar and Malwa idioms, especially the architectural consideration of space, contact with the Mughal atelier contributed to its realistic portrayal of the natural world.

Ink, opaque watercolor, and gold on paper


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