Attributed to Kangra, c. 1800-1825, it portrays the divine lovers in a lush forest setting that has been interpreted as suggesting the spring season in Braj and the culmination of their illicit affair. The scene’s intended association with Braj can be corroborated by a previously unnoticed, or at least unremarked, feature of the painting. At the top of the painting is a silver crescent moon in a star-filled sky. Thus, the white background behind Krishna and Radha must be that of a moonlit night rather than a bright spring day. Accordingly, this charming night scene may also evoke Krishna’s last night of dalliance in Braj before leaving his adolescence to journey to Mathura and begin his adulthood.
“O Lord Vasudeva, O Supreme Personality of Godhead, You are the creator of the entire cosmic manifestation. You live as the Supersoul in everyone’s heart and are smaller than the smallest, yet You are greater than the greatest and are all-pervading. You appear completely silent, having nothing to do, but this is due to Your all-pervading nature and Your fullness in all opulences. I therefore offer my respectful obeisances unto You.“~Srimad Bhagavatam 9.19.29