Illustration from a Gita Govinda series Artist: Unknown

ca. 1720

Asian Art

As is often the case with paintings that illustrate manuscripts, the text at the top, written in the Devanagari script, identifies the scene. Two different vignettes portray a single narrative, a device often found in Indian paintings; here, Radha sits alone at the right and later meets Krishna at the left.


Ink, opaque watercolor, and gold on paper


without mounting: 8 7/16 × 15 3/16 in. (21.4 × 38.5 cm)
with mounting: 14 11/16 × 20 15/16 in. (37.3 × 53.2 cm)
framed: 16 × 22 in. (40.64 × 55.88 cm)

Credit Line

The Vera M. and John D. MacDonald, B.A. 1927, Collection, Gift of Mrs. John D. MacDonald

Accession Number



Mughal dynasty (1526–1857)


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Vera M. MacDonald and John D. MacDonald, Boston, Mass., by 2001; given to the Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, Conn., 2001
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Additional information

Object/Work type

human figures (visual works), illustration


Vihita-vishada-bis-kisalaya-valaya\r\njivati param iha tava rati-kalaya.

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