Gita Govinda

24 October 2019–16 February 2020

Exhibition Overview


The enchanting flute player: Krishna plays the flute for a shepherdess. Folio 27 of the Gita Govinda Series from 1775/1780. Master of the first generation after Nainsukh and Manaku from Guler. Pahari region, around 1775.

The Gita Govinda, a work created in the 12th century, tells the story of the love between the shepherd girl Radha and the Hindu god Krishna, and was illustrated in the famous Guler series around 1770. The exhibition enchants the viewers with the museum’s own miniature paintings of the story – the largest coherent set in the
series – along with works from other collections.

(Photo courtesy of Museum Rietberg Zürich.)

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