- Gallery Text
In early modern India, painting styles were often in flux, as alliances, tastes, and borders changed. Initially Islamic courts emulated Mughal styles, while painters at the Rajput courts maintained the vibrant styles indigenous to India. However, there was constant dialogue between the courts and between native and foreign artists.
This painting and the two nearby demonstrate a century of developments in the Rajput kingdom of Mewar, in Rajasthan. Mewar showed its independence in being the last great Rajasthani kingdom to accept Mughal hegemony (1615) and in adhering to an indigenous painting style. The geometric composition, bold colors, simplified tree forms, and figures in strict profile characterize that style. The powerful red circle symbolizes the rasamandala, Krishna’s cosmic round-dance with the milkmaids, mentioned in the inscription at the top of the page.
- Identification and Creation
- Object Number
- Krishna, Radha and the Gopis with a Young Prince
- Work Type
- c. 1650
- Creation Place: South Asia, India, Rajasthan, Mewar
- Physical Descriptions
- Opaque watercolor on paper
- 21.7 x 19 cm (8 9/16 x 7 1/2 in.)
framed: 48.58 x 38.42 x 2.22 cm (19 1/8 x 15 1/8 x 7/8 in.)
- Stuart Cary Welch (by 1969), sold; to Harvard University Art Museums, 1995.
- Acquisition and Rights
- Credit Line
- Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Gift in gratitude to John Coolidge, Gift of Leslie Cheek, Jr., Anonymous Fund in memory of Henry Berg, Louise Haskell Daly, Alpheus Hyatt, Richard Norton Memorial Funds and through the generosity of Albert H. Gordon and Emily Rauh Pulitzer; formerly in the collection of Stuart Cary Welch, Jr.
- Accession Year
- Object Number
- Asian and Mediterranean Art
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- Publication History
Stuart Cary Welch and Milo Cleveland Beach, Gods, Thrones, and Peacocks Northern Indian Painting from Two Traditions, exh. cat., Harry N. Abrams, Inc. (New York, NY, 1965), page 64/figure 14
Elizabeth Finch, ed., Rajasthani Miniatures: The Welch Collection from the Arthur M. Sackler Museum, exh. cat., The Drawing Center (New York, NY, 1997), page 15
- Exhibition History
Indian Harvest: Part 1, Harvard University Art Museums, Cambridge, 11/30/1995 - 01/21/1996
Rajasthani Miniatures: The Welch Collection at the Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Harvard University, The Drawing Center, New York, 04/16/1997 - 06/07/1997
Where Traditions Meet: Painting in India from the 15th-17th Centuries, Harvard University Art Museums, Cambridge, 06/05/2003 - 12/07/2003
32Q: 2590 South and Southeast Asia, Harvard Art Museums, Cambridge, 11/01/2014 - 03/20/2015
- Subjects and Contexts
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