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Caption: Krishna and Radha under a Tree in a Storm Northern India (Punjab Hills, Kangra), ca. 1790-early 19th century Opaque watercolor and gold on paper Overall: 9 x 6 3/4 in. (22.9 x 17.1 cm) Brooklyn Museum. Ella C. Woodward Memorial Fund, 70.145.1

Label: This painting depicts the Hindu god Krishna sitting beneath a tree while his beloved, Radha, runs to join him, seeking shelter from an impending storm. The storm is emblematic of passion—dark and dangerous, yet bringing new life. This romantic theme is echoed in the intertwining of vines with flowering creepers, symbolizing the union of eternal lovers. Krishna’s love affair with Radha is used as an analogy for the relationship between God and devotee: deeply satisfying but not without its challenges. Here, Radha turns to Krishna for comfort in much the same way a devotee would turn to God.

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