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The Art of India ➔ Krishna, the Divine Lover

Shyamu Ramdev
GVSU Collection
Paint on Silk
Artworks;Artworks - Height: 12 in;24" Width: 8.375 in;20"
Note: Matte
Two figures in a field with cattle. There is a halo around them and a tree in the background.
Historical Context:
Krishna, in the image of an amorous herdsman Kanhaiyya, is associated with love in all its forms, ranging from a passionate sport to the love of God in the most spiritual and mystic sense. Krishna plays his flute and fills the universe with bliss. His enchanting melodies seduce the gopis (milkmaids) of the village. Just as a true lover sees his god as his nearest and dearest one, the gopis see in Krishna their own beloved. Krishna is pictured here with his beloved Radha. Their love and devotion to one another has become an allegory for the divine love that exists between the gods and those who worship them. The 18th century Kishangarh style of the painting is distinguished by its religious intensity, large panoramic landscapes, and individualistic facial type of people—sensitive refined features with delicate eyebrows curved like a bow, long neck, curls of ebony hair, shapely nose. The king of Kishangarh and great art patron Raja Sawant Singh, was often painted as Krishna and his mistress Bani Thani as Radha.