"Two Old Men in Discussion Outside a Hut", Folio from the Davis Album

Painting by 'Ali Quli Jabbadar Iranian

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Like several other folios in the Davis album, this painting is framed by a border of naturalistically rendered sprays of flowers in vibrant colors. Here, the artist blends Persian, Indian and European modes of painting: the composition and treatment of the faces is Indian, the style is European in character, featuring one-point perspective, chiaroscuro and modeling. The composition is based on another painting in this album, "A Nighttime Gathering," by Muhammad Zaman, whose distinctive farangi-sazi (European mode) style was influential in the late seventeenth century.

"Two Old Men in Discussion Outside a Hut", Folio from the Davis Album, Painting by 'Ali Quli Jabbadar (Iranian, active second half 17th century), Ink, opaque watercolor, and gold on paper

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