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Lalita Ragini Page from an illustrated Ragamala series Northern India (Rajasthan, Bundi or Kota), ca. 1640 Opaque watercolor and gold on paper Overall: 11 15/16 x 6 5/16 in. (30.3 x 16.0 cm) Brooklyn Museum Collection, 39.86

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

Enter the first word that comes to mind:

  • allure
  • alluring
  • attraction
  • beautiful
  • beauty
  • bed
  • beuty
  • blue
  • bright
  • castle
  • contrast
  • courtly
  • courtship
  • dark
  • dawn
  • epic
  • erotic
  • fliratation
  • flirt
  • flirtatious
  • flower
  • flowers
  • fondness
  • fountain
  • glow
  • green
  • heaven
  • home
  • incomplete?
  • interest
  • kamir
  • lady
  • light
  • longing
  • lounge
  • love
  • lovely
  • lovers
  • lust
  • magic
  • magical
  • mughal inspired
  • night
  • old
  • palace
  • perspective.
  • pleasant
  • princess
  • process
  • puta
  • romance
  • romantic
  • romantico!
  • romeo and juliet
  • seduction
  • seductive
  • serene
  • serenity
  • sex
  • shining
  • sketched
  • sleep
  • somnambulist
  • spacious
  • starlit
  • starry
  • stars
  • still
  • story
  • suggestive
  • sunrise
  • sunset
  • taj mahal
  • the peacock!
  • udaipur
  • unfinished
  • unrequited
  • uptight
  • voyeur
  • white
  • wistful 
  • wonders

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

  • afternoon
  • air
  • amorous
  • arabian
  • attraction
  • beautiful
  • bored
  • calm
  • calmness
  • court
  • courting
  • courtship
  • dark
  • decadent
  • denied
  • desire
  • disarming
  • dreamy
  • elegant and amorous
  • enchanting
  • escher
  • ethereal
  • expectant
  • exquisite
  • fanciful
  • feign
  • flirtatious
  • forbidden
  • games
  • gentle
  • infatuation
  • interesting
  • intricate
  • intrigue
  • intriguing
  • landscape
  • languorous
  • leaving
  • longing
  • love
  • lover
  • lust
  • mysterious
  • mystery
  • nighttime
  • nonchalant
  • palace
  • palacial
  • passionate
  • peaceful
  • pretty
  • privilaged
  • rebuke
  • restful
  • romace
  • romance
  • romantic
  • romantico
  • royal
  • royalty
  • seduction
  • seductive
  • sensual
  • sexual
  • sexy
  • shakespeare
  • siesta
  • standoffish
  • sultry
  • sunrize
  • symbolic
  • tempting
  • the gaze
  • the suitor
  • try again tomorrow
  • unfinished
  • vamp
  • virginal
  • wanton
  • wife
  • wishful
  • yearning

What is the dominant color in this painting?

  • blue
  • blule
  • dark blue
  • green
  • midnight blue
  • navy blue
  • none
  • orange
  • red
  • rich prussian contrasted with red spots
  • silver white
  • ultra white
  • whire
  • white
  • white   the negative space

About how many figures are depicted in this painting?

  • 10 (including birds)
  • 2   9 birds
  • 2 human
  • 2 humans and 4 birds = 6
  • five
  • more than ten
  • trwo
  • two
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
  • 6
  • 7
  • 8
  • 9
  • 10

In one sentence, describe this scene:

  • A woman tries to seduce her lover.
  • A princess is resting while being charmed by by a handsome man
  • An unfinished painting of a couple after intercourse
  • Being courted under a night sky.
  • Open porch with reclining woman, her servant looking back
  • A princess rebuffing a suitor.
  • An unfinished-looking painting of a man looking at a seductive woman inside a castle
  • Scene in a palace with man and woman
  • A man leaves his lover's home carrying a lotus blossom.
  • A man being wooed by a woman
  • Man adoring woman at sunset.
  • This woman should definitely date this man.
  • Royal life during the Mughals.
  • Seduction in the court
  • Man courting woman with lily flower.
  • A man gazes at a woman in a surrealistic palace.
  • Interesting
  • Lotus
  • It appears that a gentleman caller has been turned down by the lounging woman, because he is walking away with a flower perhaps intended for her.
  • This work experiments with issues of Western perspectival painting.
  • In a heavenly palace, the man pursues his love with a flower.
  • A courtesan waits for her lover on a couch
  • Two lovers and a palace, incomplete.
  • Man courting woman
  • Rejected man leaving a desired lover.
  • A restful nighttime scene.
  • Our hero arrives at the side of his courtesan, wooing her with a flower as the sun rises.
  • No matter how hard he tried, John never got Mary to look at him.
  • Work & love in progress.
  • Lady reclining in her luxurious manner.
  • Guy brings girl flowers
  • Being wooed with a flower
  • A man romances a woman, painting appears very old with some paint worn off or missing
  • Awaiting love.
  • Man looking at a princess in her castle
  • Desirous lovers pretend not to see each other
  • A pasha's visit to his favorite.
  • Love, and longing, and temptation and sh'es playing hard to get.
  • Man looking at lover
  • The man is courting her w. a flower.
  • A woman reclines in an ornate home, perhaps with a suitor nearby.
  • Unfinished.
  • A man courting a women w/ a lotus flower.
  • In the midst of an elaborate white structure of a domestic dwelling a woman lounges seductively on the left gazing away from a man on the right who looks longingly at her and holds a lotus flower pointed toward her over his right shoulder.
  • Courting
  • Here, a young woman awaits a suitor; the young man appears interested in her.
  • A coy ladies woos her lover from her bed.
  • A man looks wistfully back at a woman who ignores him.
  • A suitor and a seductress are about to connect.
  • Woman relaxing after her lover leaves.
  • A suitor courts an elite woman.
  • Suitor tries his luck to no avail.
  • A suitor admires his love
  • Seducing
  • In a beautiful white mansion as the sun goes down and starry bird filled skies arrive on a summer's night, a beautiful woman turns her head away as a suitor leaves her with a flower in his hand.
  • A scene of seduction.
  • A hopeful suitor is scorned by the woman he loves, though hope rises on the horizon.
  • Privilage
  • TECHNICAL
  • A man courting a princess at dusk
  • A woman in a palace being met by her lover.
  • Provocative.
  • Visiting the girlfriend.
  • A woman reclines on her bed with her head turned away from a departing suitor, holding a lotus blossom
  • A man woos a princess
  • The suitor is no longer interested in the woman upon finding her too infatuated with her own reflection.
  • Woman ignoring a suitor, with amazing architecture and birds.
  • Looking for someone
  • A man leaves his lover completely satisfied.
  • An attempt to woo
  • It's a love story!
  • A courtship by night is taking place, where a man has been desperately seeking the attention of a powerful woman who acts as if she doesn't know him.
  • Pleasure at dawn
  • A man, maybe leaving a lover who scorned his advances?
  • A beautiful woman awaits her lover.
  • A female figure reclines on a bed, a male suitor looks at her over his shoulder and a peacock struts in the garden outside the palace walls.
  • A women in a palace being looked at by a man outside.
  • Man courting a lady
  • The white palace
  • Reclining woman ignoring male suitor
  • Just see
  • A lady and her lover.
  • Warrior taking leave of his lover
  • A man looking at a girl lying on a bed in a house.
  • Dude is trying to pick up on that snooty woman.
  • Man is turned down for romantic attention.
  • At night two lovers or would be lovers
  • The inspiration for the Notorious B.I.G.'s "Juicy"
  • Desire
  • A lover spurned.
  • A prince admires a princess
  • A suitor is waiting to meet a princess who seems to lounge in a castle waiting.
  • Night
  • A man attempts get the attention of a noble woman who is lounging in a palace courtyard.
  • Flirtation.
  • Ancient nightscape with saturated tones jumping out amongst stark white building.
  • Castle
  • Man leaving his lover
  • Unfinished
  • A man pursuing a young women who is playing hard to get
  • Bringing a flower
  • Starry starry night. indian romeo and juliet
  • It's nighttime and a woman is lying rather seductively on a bed and her lover, holding a lotus, is looking back at her, though she is looking away from him.
  • It looks like people at a hotel.
  • Palace scene of man admiring reclining woman.
  • He courts her in the courtyard.
  • Scene of domestic life where reclinung women is gazed at by man servent
  • A woman waits for her lover.
  • A man dreams of a girl.
  • Rejection again
  • Lovers unite in the darkness of the night
  • Dream.
  • Love and peace.
  • A reclining rich woman in a harem waits for a servant to bring a plucked flower.
  • Man (suitor?) with a lotus blossom visits a reclining woman in a palatial setting. Lovely peacock and landscape.
  • A man tries to woo a reluctant woman.
  • A man appears to court a lady in a palace; he offers a lotus.
  • A young prince is courting a princess
  • Court servant attending to princess
  • Romantic night
  • Ooh la la
  • While the sun rises/ sets behind a hill, in a courtyard a man holds a flower and looks back at a woman lounging inside a palace - she looks away.
  • Thinking about someone that you cant have
  • A men who is admiring a girl who doesn't shows interest for him
  • Serene
  • A courtier, just denied, leaves his love one final glance.
  • MAN COURTING A WOMAN
  • Depiction of a court romance with detailed architecture and flora that is out of scale
  • A building painted in white contrasts with two colored figures, a man and a woman, they seem to be a couple in some kind of disagreement
  • A man gazes on the object of his affection as he contemplates how to woo her.
  • Harem scene? lost lover?
  • Landscape and romantic painting
  • During the evening, a male tries to communicate with a female.
  • Man in love with a woman who doesn't know he exists
  • Very early foreplay--still playing hard to get.
  • A servant tends to his master and then bids her good-night.
  • Rejection
  • Courting between two lovers
  • A night scene with a woman lying in an odelisque pose and a man looking towards her with a flower in his hand.
  • Romancing
  • A tale of lovers?
  • A man is gazing longingly at a woman.
  • A man wooing a woman
  • Two different modes of attraction
  • A lover looks on at a woman lounging.
  • The game of love.
  • In the lone deep some fairy shore, Where mortal never trod before...
  • Romance is as important as a flower in bloom.
  • A gentleman caller serenading a beautiful young woman in a castle under a starry sky
  • Woman turns her head away as man observes her
  • The sun rises to signal the start of the day and the departure of a lover.
  • An ornate white building in the foreground is highlighted against a darker background of water, birds and plants, while a man and woman are shown in the foreground, he is outside and holds a flower, she is inside reclining on a bed
  • A lover leaving his lady after a sojourn on an outdoor terrace inside a palace
  • Unfinished
  • Man interested in woman, woman playing hard to get.

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