Krishna Ferrying Radha Across the Yamuna River

c. 1890

The Cleveland Museum of Art

The Cleveland Museum of Art
Cleveland, United States

This image is taken from popular dramas where Krishna, lover of the cowgirls (<em>gopis</em>), disguises himself as a boatman to ferry a demure Radha, his favorite gopi. It depicts devotion and the intensity of separated lovers. The painting includes an image of another woman, dressed in white with shorn hair, possibly a widow. Krishna is portrayed as sporting a mustache and has a Prince Albert hairstyle.

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  • Title: Krishna Ferrying Radha Across the Yamuna River
  • Date Created: c. 1890
  • Physical Dimensions: Painting only: 44.5 x 28.3 cm (17 1/2 x 11 1/8 in.)
  • Provenance: William E. Ward [1922-2004], Solon, OH, given to the Cleveland Museum of Art, The Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH
  • Type: Painting
  • Rights: CC0
  • External Link: https://clevelandart.org/art/2003.130
  • Medium: Watercolor, graphite, ink, and tin on paper
  • Department: Indian and Southeast Asian Art
  • Culture: Eastern India, Bengal, Kolkata, Kalighat
  • Credit Line: Gift of William E. Ward in memory of his wife, Evelyn Svec Ward
  • Collection: Indian Art
  • Accession Number: 2003.130

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