Devotees at the Shrine of Shri Nathji (detail), 1920s. Khubiram Gopilal (Indian, 1891–1970). Watercolor, gelatin silver print, gold paint; 46.5 x 59 cm. Cleveland Museum of Art, Purchase from the Karl B. Goldfield Trust, 2018.213
  • Devotees at the Shrine of Shri Nathji (detail), 1920s. Khubiram Gopilal (Indian, 1891–1970). Watercolor, gelatin silver print, gold paint; 46.5 x 59 cm. Cleveland Museum of Art, Purchase from the Karl B. Goldfield Trust, 2018.213
  • Devotees at the Shrine of Shri Nathji, 1920s. Khubiram Gopilal (Indian, 1891–1970). Watercolor, gelatin silver print, gold paint; 46.5 x 59 cm. Cleveland Museum of Art, Purchase from the Karl B. Goldfield Trust, 2018.213
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Close Connections: Indian Art and Photography

Thursday, August 27, 2020, 6:00–6:30 p.m.
CMA Insider and above members invited

The curators of photography and Indian art, Barbara Tannenbaum and Sonya Rhie Mace, are enthusiastic about sharing their insights into a recent acquisition that physically marries photography with historical Indian art. Devotees at the Shrine of Shri Nathji (2018.213), created in the 1920s, places a middle-class couple at one of the most sacred shrines in modern Hinduism, dedicated to Krishna in his living embodiment as a stone miracle sculpture from Mount Govardhan. Images taken in ultraviolet and raking light reveal that studio photographs of the devotees’ faces were cleverly integrated into the painting. The work is on view for a limited time from August 2020 to February 2021 in a special rotation in the Indian painting gallery (242b).

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Devotees at the Shrine of Shri Nathji, 1920s. Khubiram Gopilal (Indian, 1891–1970). Watercolor, gelatin silver print, gold paint; 46.5 x 59 cm. Cleveland Museum of Art, Purchase from the Karl B. Goldfield Trust, 2018.213