Mar 17, 2014

Krishna Ferrying Radha Across the Yamuna River

Krishna Ferrying Radha Across the Yamuna River

c. 1890

Watercolor, graphite, ink, and tin on paper

Painting only: 44.5 x 28.3 cm (17 1/2 x 11 1/8 in.)

Gift of William E. Ward in memory of his wife, Evelyn Svec Ward 2003.130



This image is taken from popular dramas where Krishna, lover of the cowgirls (gopis), disguises himself as a boatman to ferry a demure Radha, his favorite gopi. It depicts devotion and the intensity of separated lovers. The painting includes an image of another woman, dressed in white with shorn hair, possibly a widow. Krishna is portrayed as sporting a mustache and has a Prince Albert hairstyle.

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