The Union and Separation of the Hindu God Krishna and Radha, from a Song of Govind (Gita Govinda) manuscript Artist: Unknown

ca. 1720

Asian Art

The composition in this image is divided into two halves, perhaps representing Radha’s shifting mental state as she recalls a meeting with her lover, Krishna, and awaits another union. On either side is a cave in a dense forest. The cave at left is bright red, suggesting the passion and intensity of Krishna and Radha’s emotions when they are together. However, the cave at right is dull gray, reflecting Radha’s melancholy when alone.


Opaque watercolor, ink, and gold on paper


without mounting: 8 1/4 × 15 1/2 in. (20.9 × 39.3 cm)
with mounting: 15 11/16 × 22 5/16 in. (39.8 × 56.6 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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Object/Work type

human figures (visual works), illustration


Smaraturam daivata-vaidya-hrdya\r\ntvad-anga-sangamruta-matra-sadhyam\r\nnivrtta-badham kuruse na radham\r\nupendra vajrad api daruno'si\r\n\r\n

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