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Kama and Rati Witness the Reunion of Krishna and Radha Page from an illustrated manuscript of the Gita Govinda Northern India (Rajasthan, Mewar), 1714 Opaque watercolor and gold on paper Overall: 10 x 16 15/16 in. (25.4 x 43.0 cm) Brooklyn Museum. Gift of Anthony A. Manheim, 1999.136.6

Some participants were asked to respond to this painting. Here are their responses:

Enter the first word that comes to mind:

  • a lot of gods
  • ancient
  • arbor
  • arch
  • beautiful
  • blue
  • blue god
  • blueman
  • bright
  • busy
  • cemetary
  • ceremony
  • colorful
  • colorfull
  • complex
  • complicated
  • conversation
  • conversations
  • cosy
  • courtscene
  • courtship
  • cramped
  • creepy
  • dance
  • dates
  • deity
  • detail
  • disorderd
  • dull
  • episodic
  • faith
  • family
  • fascinating
  • garden
  • gardens
  • genie
  • god
  • goddess
  • gods
  • goings on
  • gor
  • grotto
  • hat
  • high society
  • holy
  • hug
  • interesting
  • intimate
  • intricate
  • intriging
  • krisha
  • krishna
  • love
  • love story
  • marriage
  • meh
  • mewar
  • momentous
  • mythology
  • narrative
  • nuptials 
  • old
  • outside
  • panel
  • party
  • passion
  • passive
  • pavilions
  • peaceful
  • persian gardens
  • picture book
  • post card 
  • proposal
  • radha krishna
  • rajput
  • rama
  • red
  • relationship
  • relationships
  • ritual
  • romance
  • royal
  • sad
  • sanskrit
  • scattered
  • scenes
  • scroll
  • shiva
  • siva
  • small
  • social
  • spiritual deity interaction
  • spirituality
  • spring
  • squint
  • story
  • storytelling
  • submissive
  • surreal
  • text
  • tiny
  • too small
  • town
  • verdant
  • village
  • voyage
  • wedding
  • yellow

Enter a word that describes the subject or mood of this painting:

  • a story in one painting
  • amourous 
  • blessing
  • blue
  • blue man is budda????
  • busy
  • cartoon
  • celebrate
  • celebration
  • celebratory
  • cluttered
  • colloquial
  • colorful
  • comic book
  • community
  • complex
  • confusing
  • conversation
  • conversational
  • courting
  • courtship
  • descriptive
  • detailed
  • devil
  • divine discussion
  • domestic
  • duty
  • enchanting
  • encounters
  • energetic
  • expository
  • familial
  • family
  • fantasy
  • fascinating, but hard to see
  • festive
  • gaity
  • garden
  • gossip
  • greeting
  • happy
  • harem
  • heaven
  • hindu
  • historic
  • hmm
  • home
  • image too small to see clearly
  • instructional
  • intricate
  • journey
  • joyous
  • kanooda
  • krishna
  • krishna's friends
  • literary
  • lives
  • love
  • love affairs
  • love story
  • love, marriage 
  • lucky
  • manipulative
  • marriage
  • meetings
  • meetup
  • merry
  • meticulous
  • multiplicity
  • mystical
  • myth narrative
  • mythic
  • narrative
  • negotiation
  • orderly
  • organized
  • peaceful
  • pensive
  • people
  • playful
  • property rights of man
  • quest
  • quiet
  • red
  • relationship
  • relgion
  • religious
  • romance
  • romantic
  • seduction
  • serene
  • sharing
  • shiva
  • soapopera
  • social 
  • story
  • storyboard
  • teaching
  • time
  • too small to see well
  • town
  • transformation
  • unchanging
  • union
  • varied
  • very bad
  • vibrant
  • vignettes
  • village
  • waiting room of sex
  • wedding
  • women
  • worship

What is the dominant color in this painting?

  • beige
  • black
  • blue
  • blue green
  • bluish gray
  • gold
  • golden yellow
  • gray
  • gray green
  • green
  • green garden
  • greens
  • grey
  • light green
  • orange
  • red
  • red orange
  • reds
  • rose
  • teal
  • the white is what grabs me
  • yellow

About how many figures are depicted in this painting?

  • 11?
  • 8 human, 3 gods
  • About 11
  • eleven
  • narrative
  • ten
  • twelve
  • 4
  • 5
  • 6
  • 8
  • 9
  • 10
  • 11
  • 12
  • 13
  • 14
  • 15
  • 108

In one sentence, describe this scene:

  • A palace garden in India where humans interact with gods
  • Interactions among people
  • Crowdy
  • The similar dress on the figures suggests this is not one scene but a story that unfolds like a comic strip.
  • Busy
  • Religious depictions possibly
  • A ceremony of some type with the blue figure representing a god.
  • Wedding scene (?). Courtship?
  • This is a city with several families shown.
  • Various scenes from the life of Vishnu.
  • Wedding party!
  • Gods consorting with the females
  • Lovers in the grove
  • Scenes of stories about Krishna
  • Maybe a celebration of some sort.
  • A story of meetings between the blue man and his family.
  • Five settings in a garden.
  • A garden of delights with some bluish men and some lovely ladies in the arbors, gazebos, and among the trees.
  • This is a garden scene with different people interacting.
  • A deity or other-worldy being shepherding a young woman through a series of rituals.
  • Krishna with different consorts
  • This complex narrative scene depicts multiple actions.
  • Multiple scenes: Krishna sporting with gopis; Krishna alone; a gopi, perhaps Radha, alone; and a couple of observers.
  • Scene from a rasikapriya manuscript
  • Too small to really see detail, but suitors .. a marriage kind of scene.
  • Rituals? wedding
  • A story of marriage, growth, and love.
  • Storyboard, god in romance
  • Many scenes of a deity in the garden.
  • Krishna and Rhada???
  • Everyone loves a blue man
  • Ladies in a garden asking a deity for help with their lady choices.
  • The story involves love and Krishna and a royal couple watching - perhaps learning, perhaps yearning -- from their (cold) marble enclosure that contrasts with the red and green of the lovers' (and the two unexplained women's) enclosures.
  • Various scenes in the life of a god are shown.
  • The garden consorts.
  • Men and women in a colorful garden
  • No clue...a deity (shiva?) and gopi's? A picture of daily life w/ Krishna intertwined?
  • Story telling
  • A variety of people interacting with gods.
  • Krishna is in town.
  • A wedding day on a hillside.
  • A wedding.
  • Story of Krishna in multiple images, perhaps with Radha under the bower on right hand side?
  • The story of shiva.
  • God harem?
  • Various scenes of women interacting with deities.
  • Women interact with Gods in many ways.
  • It looks like a progression of scenes featuring a woman and a god.
  • A garden of lovers.
  • Variations on life
  • The god and his court
  • The story of a blue deity in different chapters of a tale.
  • A god, much admired, within a larger story, perhaps of his origins.
  • Love Story with Hero
  • Women working for men.
  • The gods grace us with their love
  • Party time at Palace
  • I have no idea what's going on in this one!
  • God wooing women in garden
  • This is really small. I think it shows scenes of life in a royal setting.
  • Ceremony?
  • Separation from family of origin, union with a spouse
  • Scenes of the blue god's life.
  • I love landscape portraits and this one has an interesting use of the two dimensional space.
  • Lots of different scenes of people talking.
  • Deity visits humans
  • Narrative of the marriage contract
  • Various scenes from the God Vishnu's life play out.
  • This narrative painting shows several scenes from one Hindu story, whose text appears above.
  • It feels like a story line.
  • Blue god in a garden
  • Krishna With Gopis, North Western Indian 17th or 18th Century.
  • Presented image is too small to describe in detail, it is a multi panel narrative probably a love story
  • Various versions of Krishna flirting with women.
  • Role of the female
  • WOMEN MEETING TOGETHER
  • Annotated description of a blue god interacting with women
  • Two genders meeting upon a river bank.
  • The story of Radha and Krishna
  • Like
  • Krishna visiting women
  • Looks like Krishna with his milk maids
  • People meet each other inside and outside.
  • Hard to see but royal court with various occupants going about their routines.
  • A marital celebration.
  • This painting describes Krishna's trysts with Gopis.
  • A tale of love.
  • This picture depicks stages leading to marriage ceremony.
  • Five tableaus of same characters in social contact and alone.
  • Robert Altman's Short Cuts
  • Various stages of courtship and romance.
  • Krishna with his girlfriends as a panel.
  • Little narrative in progress; seems slightly saucy--blue god k'noodling with women.
  • The progression of vishnu.
  • Wonderland.
  • A narrative about the couple depicted, scenes from their life.
  • Pairs are sitting in enclaves and adorning others.
  • Different families gather together preparing for ritual
  • A woman prepares for marriage with the help of her female relatives and blessings from the gods who are blue.
  • Several deities court human women
  • It looks as though a story is being told, progressing from left to right.
  • Women being visited by a god
  • Too samll but intriguing
  • Individuals or couples are situated in niche spaces.
  • Familly
  • Seams very sexual
  • Blue dudes get all the ladies!
  • This image depicts the Vishnu, an Indian god, embracing followers
  • Small
  • Buddah with his wives
  • A graphic retelling of a story with which I'm not familiar involving a non-human creature who courts and weds a a woman
  • An intimate view of different couples in a village.
  • Storytelling on marriage?
  • The girls don't have a lot to look forward to in this life.
  • Three incarnations of Krishna, going through different interactions with women, set in a garden.
  • Women talking
  • Krishna and his ladies.
  • A journey
  • This is a graphic narrative of an encounter with a Vedic Deity.
  • Out door scene
  • Agradable afternoon
  • Krishna is looking back at his life to a time when he married many maidens to save their lives.
  • People congregating in small groups, who knows what they are engaged in?
  • Family ties. God's control over the harem.
  • People are talking to each other.
  • Krishna here and there
  • Social life
  • Women interacting with blue men (gods?) in a garden
  • This is a courting ceremony.
  • ?
  • Various scenes depicting Krishna in a garden setting.
  • Reunion
  • I think it describes the marriage and courtship of Parvati and Shiva.
  • Women and cultural production
  • A series of scenes, including a god; perhaps a wedding?
  • Pre nuputal preparations in a garden
  • It's a morality tale describing how this man is many things to many people
  • A garden with many different amorous scenes.
  • This looks like a lover's image.
  • Garden with deities and women.
  • The courting rituals of days gone bye.
  • Couples meeting together.
  • In what appears to be a narrative sequence, a blue god addresses himself to various women in different scenes.
  • Two stories, merging in the middle.
  • Lord Shiva is seen in various states while a recently married couple looks on in respect.
  • Looks like god Vishnu in various intimate scenes with women.
  • Preparations for the marriage by the bride's patron god.
  • Rama and sita return after exile?
  • There seems to be a ceremony taking place with "stations" along the way to stop at and perform a ritual.
  • Chapters from the life of an Indian god's life
  • A blessing
  • God's women

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