CS 251 -6- Safavid Painting - you desire from three lips...

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Safavid  Painting
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Tahmasp’s  Shahnameh
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The Feast of Sada
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Reza Abbasi
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R e z A b b a s i
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Reza Abbasi (End of 16 th  Century) Royal Horse & Groom This watercolour, dating from  the very end of the 16th  century, shows a horse likely  to belong to Shah Abbas as its  blanket, feather ornament and  brand all suggest it is from  the royal stables.  
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Reza Abbasi (c. 1625) Young Dandy Reading This painting provides an insight  into several aspects of art and  society at the Safavid court in the  1620s. The young man reading  embodies the fashion of the day.  Note the sparse background  contrasted against the items of  clothing.
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Youth & Wine in a Garden
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Muhammad Qasim (1627) Wine Pourer Illuminated miniature of Shah Abbas I  (1571-1629) of Persia, embracing his wine  boy. The poem reads “May life grant all that 
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Unformatted text preview: you desire from three lips, those of your lover, the river, and the cup.” Musée du Louvre, Paris, France. Reza Abbasi School (1640) Sufis This painting shows a group of dervishes drinking, praying, washing and sleeping beneath a dramatic sky. By including praying figures next to wine drinkers the artist may have had a satirical aim. Reza Abbasi School (mid-17 th Century) Princess in a Garden This painting shows a young princess alone in a garden, lost in thoughts. She is dressed in the fashionable Dutch style but surrounded by typical Safavid accoutrements: golden flasks and trays, wine, gold brocaded cushions, all against a spectacular backdrop of fantastical rocks, magical trees and a cloudy sky....
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