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This painting was chosen
70%
of the time over other paintings.

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

Women slightly favor this painting. Jump to graph

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Caption: Nayika Awaits Her Lover Page from an illustrated manuscript of the Rasikapriya Ascribed to the artist Ibrahim. Northern India (Rajasthan, Bikaner), 1692 Opaque watercolor on paper Overall: 9 1/2 x 6 1/4 in. (24.1 x 15.9 cm) Brooklyn Museum. Anonymous gift, 81.192.3

Label: This painting illustrates the Hindu text called the Rasikapriya, which describes the many stages of a romantic relationship using the love affair between the Hindu god Krishna and his beloved, Radha, as an example. Here, the romantic heroine (also known as a nayika) sits talking to her friend, presumably about Krishna, not knowing that he is standing behind her.

One of the interesting features of this painting is the canopy: it should probably be read as standing above their heads, but all four posts end behind the terrace. The arrangement defies logic, but ensures that the posts do not block our view of the main characters. Such spatial incongruities are relatively common in Indian painting, where illusion was less important than legibility and attractiveness.

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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!

Not so much Some More than a little Above average Expert
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Age

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Gender

Women slightly favor this painting.

Women Men
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Preferred others:  
-2%

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

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