"Portrait of a Persian Lady", Folio from the Davis Album

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 450

This folio depicts a lady seated on a balcony before an expansive landscape. The artist has used European techniques of modeling and shading in rendering the face, neck, and hands. The landscape in the background incorporates the use of perspective, a technique adopted by Iranian court painters in the mid-seventeenth century. A small date in white ink in the sky appears to read A.H. 1149/A.D. 1736–7, which places this work in the period of the Afsharid rulers of Iran.

"Portrait of a Persian Lady", Folio from the Davis Album, Ink, opaque watercolor, and gold on paper

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