The painting depicts Krishna as Venugopala where he is shown playing his beloved musical instrument flute. The images of Venugopala or Muralidhara have remained popular all over India. In this form, Krishna is always shown with his legs crossed.
The painting presents a beautiful depiction of the theme where Krishna is standing on a stepped pedestal wearing white garments. A devotee is sitting by the side holding a rosary. The steps of the pedestal are filled with paraphernalia of ritual objects.
Vaishnavism became popular in Himachal Pradesh in the 9th Century CE. The massive popularity of the Krishna cult is evident from the wall paintings and beautifully rendered miniature paintings on the Krishna theme in various parts of Himachal Pradesh.
Karl and Meherbai Khandalavala Collection.
Indian Miniature Paintings
Opaque water colour on paper
18th Century CE
15.1 x 22 cms.