Radha and Her Confidant Sit in an Open Room: Page from a Dispersed Rasikapriya

In the Rasikapriya the poet Keshav Das addresses love in all its various aspects, focusing on secret desires and their outward manifestations. Here, Radha speaks to her confidante and go-between, undoubtedly arranging a secret meeting with her lover, Krishna. Details such as the stylized flowers at the base of the building as well as the beginnings of special depth seen in the architecture indicate contact with the painting ateliers of the Mughals.

Ink and opaque watercolor on paper


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