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“It was our first meeting”
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Why this is a
Masterpiece

This picture of the first meeting of Krishna and Radha was created by a family of painters from the small village of Guler, who are among the best-known artists from the Pahari region in northern India.

History of the Object
The 'Song of the cowherd Krishna' (Gita Govinda), dating from the 12th century, is one of the pearls of Indian literature. The story of Krishna and his lover Radha inspired generations of artists. They frequently translated the erotically charged atmosphere of this text very felicitously into the visual medium. Indian painters used mineral and vegetable pigments, which they dissolved in water with a resin (gummi arabicum) and applied to the paper with a brush. After every coat of paint, the pictures were polished from the verso, which lent them a saturated sheen.

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Type
Painting 
Materials
Pigments and gold on paper 
Measurements
Width 17.5 cm. Length 27.5 cm.  
Creator name
Master of the first generation after Nainsukh and Manaku of Guler 
Creator date
18th Century 
Where it was made
Pahari Region 
Geography
India 
Time period
AD 18th century ~ AD 18th century 
Creation date
18th Century; 1775, c. 
Function
Painting 
Acquisition
Permanent loan; not able to provide information on provenance. 
Copyright
Museum Rietberg 
Acknowledgements
 
Owner
Collection Barbara and Eberhard Fischer 
Museum
Museum Rietberg 
Credit line
Museum Rietberg, loan Barbara and Eberhard Fischer 

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