Radha (राधा, Radhika, Radharani and Radhikarani), was regards as the original Goddess or Shakti. Krishna (कृष्ण) is the eighth incarnation of the god Vishnu in Hinduism. From the 10th century, with the growing bhakti movement, Krishna
became a favorite subject of paintings. The narratives of Krishna from the Puranas are performed in Yakshagana, a performance style native to Karnataka's coastal districts. Many artworks have been made based on these stories. Krishna in oil painting is sometimes depicted with Radha
standing on his left, on whose bosom sits Laksmi, such as Krishna with Gopis.
Hinduism is the main influence of Radha Krishna oil paintings, which covers the many different states of God. The popularity surrounding Radha Krishna art is massive, and goes far beyond paintings. The paintings have even made their way into Ragamala paintings and have been an incredible source of valuable information for newcomers wanting to learn the history. The Smithsonian Institution also believes strongly in the influence of Radha and Krishna paintings, and has housed the painting Krishna with Gopis for years. It’s one of many paintings of Radha