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There might be a slight positive correlation between experience and favorability in this painting; The more a person knows about Indian Paintings, the more likely they are to like this painting! Jump to graph

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Caption: Dipaka Raga Page from an illustrated Ragamala series Attributed to the artist Mohammed (son of Nur). Northern India (Rajasthan, Bikaner), ca. 1690-1700 Opaque watercolor and gold on paper Overall: 9 7/8 x 7 5/8 in. (25.1 x 19.4 cm) Brooklyn Museum. Gift of Charlene and S. Sanford Kornblum, 1991.77

Label: In the fifteenth or sixteenth century, a new genre of painting developed that attempted to capture in imagery the moods of famous passages of classical music. The music, known as ragas or raginis, inspired artists to create little scenarios—happy or sad, fierce or quiet, taking place in the daytime or nighttime, the summer or winter—that were illustrated over and over again.

This painting depicts one of the most famous ragas, Dipaka, which means “oil lamp.” It is perhaps the most passionate and fiery of the ragas, designed to be performed at noon during the summer; it is said that when it is properly performed, it can start fires. The subject is a couple in the midst of a passionate tryst. This depiction at first seems relatively cool; however, if one looks closely, the flames of passion are imprinted on the man’s robe, and his turban ornament—usually a feather—is in fact ablaze.

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Experience

There might be a slight positive correlation between experience and favorability in this painting; The more a person knows about Indian Paintings, the more likely they are to like this painting!

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Gender

Women slightly favor this painting.

Women Men
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Preferred others:  
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* We have low confidence in this metric because relatively few people in this group (less than 50) rated this object.

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