UNTITLED (RADHA AS QUEEN)

UNTITLED (RADHA AS QUEEN)

UNTITLED (RADHA AS QUEEN)

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UNTITLED (RADHA AS QUEEN)

ARTWORK CLOSEUP

In this Artwork Closeup the delicate details of a gem-like, nineteenth century oil painting of Radha and her Gopis reveal clues to the lost identity of the unnamed artist, and reflect the confluence of cultures that shaped their work.

UNTITLED (RADHA AS QUEEN)

EARLY BENGAL (ANONYMOUS)

Radha is painted as a queen in this Early Bengal oil painting, surrounded by her fellow Gopis (cowherds and companions) and Krishna—her divine consort and an incarnation of one of the Hindu trinity—dressed as a sentinel. She sits on her royal throne amid a forest landscape, perhaps recalling her identification as Vrindavaneshwari (goddess of Vrindavan). Going by the small but remarkable details of the jewellery, we can guess that it is the work of an artist trained in the miniature tradition. But does the painting hide other possible secrets?

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Do you know of any specific episode that this painting could be depicting? Why do you think Krishna is dressed as a sentinel?