Mar 19, 2014

Radha's Hair Being Dressed

Radha's Hair Being Dressed

c. 1790–1800

Ink with touches of color on paper

Image: 25 x 17 cm (9 13/16 x 6 11/16 in.); Overall: 29.7 x 20.3 cm (11 11/16 x 8 in.)

Edward L. Whittemore Fund 1969.35



This drawing is probably a study for a finished painting rather than an underdrawing that was meant to be painted over, due to the care and attention given to the fine details and expressions. Our attention is so focused on Radha in the center, as she applies an ornament in the mirror, that we scarcely notice Krishna peeping at her from a second-story window. Her attendants hold up a curtain to give her privacy, while others fix her hair, hold the mirror, whisk away the flies, and bring her drinks. In the background, female musicians carry instruments for a performance.

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