Radha-Krishna, entwined in each other’s arms. Her arm across His shoulders, His wrapped around Her waist. The very image of a deep, loving harmony. This Tanjore painting of the amorous couple depicts them as they are visualised in South Indian iconography. The glamour of face and figure is so much more realistic than the iconography in the rest of India.
Ample gold gesso-work characterises this Tanjore painting. From Radha’s saree to the dhoti and angavastram of Krishna, the solid metallic inlay is superimposed with semi-precious stones and brushstrokes of red and green, giving off the impression of rubies and emeralds. A string of pale pink lotuses down the neck of Krishna and the peacock plumage on His head, complete the glamour of the divine.
A bitone, colour-blocked background in blue and orange tints. It brings out the lustre of the gold across the canvas. The temple entrance in the foreground is also executed with dense gold gesso-work. Such a painting would be a valuable addition in the home or office of a Krishna-lover.
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