Baanke bihari

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The eternal glory of love is seen here with the depiction of Radharani and Lord Krishna! This particular miniature illustrates a facet of Krishna’s life. Krishna is seen in the landscape gazing at his consort Radha. She too has her eyes locked with Krishna while she relaxes along the river side. Their divine love is celebrated across India and is an important component of miniature art. The intricate details painted by the artisan highlights the figures and the lush landscape, making this painting a true delight.

The evolution of Miniature Moghul art roughly spans three centuries from the sixteenth to nineteenth century AD. The story of Moghul paintings in India is said to have started with Khwaja Abdus Samad of Shiraz, patronized by the Moghul Emperor Humayun and later Akbar. Moghal paintings mark a colourful phase of Indian cultural history, closely related to different emperor’s personalities and preferences. From portraits to courtly activities, war scenes, animal hunting, nature and bird/animal study are some of themes of these paintings. Treatment of background and the landscape, give a sense of depth to miniature paintings related to this period. Artists have used soft tones, atmospheric effects, precise outlines with a sense of restrain and finesse. These fine paintings are a real feast for the eyes.