imaginary gardens in art
ca. 1760. Kakubha ragini from Bundi, India. The atmosphere, landscape design and trees are in native Indian style while the garden plants show Mughal influence. a lady holding a garland of white flowers stands in a wood with a peacock on either side of her. Drawn and painted in ink and watercolor.
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“It was our first meeting” The Gita Govinda or The “Song of the cowherd Krishna” 12th C. , is one of the pearls of Indian Hindu literature. The story of Krishna and his lover Radha inspired generations of artists. They frequently translated the erotically charged atmosphere of this text very into the landscape. The romance symbolizes spiritual devotion and unity. Created in 1775 by a family of painters from the small village of Guler, the best-known artists from the Pahari region
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The Kota Master (Indian, active in the early 18th century). Radha and Krishna Walk in a Flowering Grove (recto); Krishna Fluting (verso), ca. 1720 (recto); ca. 1750–75 (verso). The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Cynthia Hazen Polsky and Leon B. Polsky Fund, 2003 (2003.178a, b) | Krishna and Radha's bodies and garments, like the floral garlands they hold, appear suspended in motion, while the setting vibrates to their ecstasy. #spring
Radha and Krishna Walk in a Flowering Grove (recto). The Kota Master. India, active in the early 18th C.
Winged tree-dwellers of Zabaj, referring probably to Sumatra or Java, from ‘Aja’ib al-makhluqat by Qazvini, Persian text with Ottoman paintings, 1654/5. British Library, Or.13935, f.76r (detail) - See more at: britishlibrary.ty...
Without doubt, one of the smallest of the historic labyrinths on general public view in England, the tiny labyrinth labelled "Laborintus id est domus dedali" (Labyrinth, the house of Daedalus) that occupies the island of Crete on the Mappa Mundi in Hereford Cathedral is only a few inches across. Created c.1280 AD
Daphne and Apollo by Bernini
Map of Jerusalem, 1588
Rustam and the Black Div; single-page painting mounted on detached album folio. From the Shahnama of Firdawsi. Rustam, holding a weapon decorated with a ferocious head, kneels behind a tree while the Black Div waits on the other side. Both appear in caves. Surrounded by border with gold flowers. Opaque watercolour and gold on paper.
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