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Krishna and Radha under a Tree in a Storm

Asian Art

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. The union of the lovers is echoed in the intertwining of vines with flowering creepers. 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.
CULTURE Indian
MEDIUM Opaque watercolor and gold on paper
DATES ca. 1790-early 19th century
DIMENSIONS sheet: 9 x 6 3/4 in. (22.9 x 17.1 cm) image: 8 3/8 x 6 1/4 in. (21.3 x 15.9 cm)  (show scale)
COLLECTIONS Asian Art
MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
ACCESSION NUMBER 70.145.1
CREDIT LINE Ella C. Woodward Memorial Fund
RIGHTS STATEMENT No known copyright restrictions
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CAPTION Indian. Krishna and Radha under a Tree in a Storm, ca. 1790-early 19th century. Opaque watercolor and gold on paper, sheet: 9 x 6 3/4 in. (22.9 x 17.1 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Ella C. Woodward Memorial Fund, 70.145.1
IMAGE overall, 70.145.1_IMLS_SL2.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph
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RECORD COMPLETENESS Good (66%)
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