This pen case is decorated with scenes from the Haft paykar (or Seven Images), one of five compositions that make up the Khamsa (Quintet) by the medieval poet Nizami of Ganja (ca. 1141–1209). This work narrates the life of the pre-Islamic Sassanian king Bahram V Gur, who is transformed from a pleasure-seeking prince into a wise and just king guided by law.
Unlike some other Western painters of the 19th century Jean Auguste Dominique Ingres never went to the East. His sketches of Persian miniatures are to make the décors in some of his “oriental” works as exotic as possible. Here are seven of such drawings which are now kept in Ingres Museum, Montauban, France.
Sani-al-Mulk’s illustrations for “One thousand and One nights” – (c. 1853).
Mirza Abol-Hassan Khan Ghaffari Kashani, also known as ‘Abol-Hassan the Second’ and ‘Sani-al-Mulk’, is considered the first teacher of European style of painting in Iran.
The painter and Illustrator Mohammad Tajvidi was born in 1925. After completing his studies at the School of National Arts, he took the position of assistant professor at the school. He was promoted to a senior professorship continued teaching until 1963.
Later he started making illustrations for hundreds of books. He died in Tehran in 1995 at the age of 70.
The Qajar king, Fath-Ali Shah (1772 – 1834) loved to have his image on large scale canvasses, frescoes, and reliefs, showing the grandeur of his imperial appearance. Most of his oil painting portraits are painted by Mirza Baba and Mehr-Ali.
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