Wine Drinking in a Spring Garden

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The youth offering a cup of wine to a maiden reflects a Persian courtly ideal expressed in poetry as well as painting. But it was common practice for Timurid artists to turn to Chinese models for pictorial inspiration.

In this case, Chinese elements are seen in the arrangement of figures on a horizontal groundline set against a neutral, undefined background, the sinuous style of the flowering prunus tree that braces the princess, the motifs on the figures’ gold-embroidered garments, and the use of undyed silk as a support.

Wine Drinking in a Spring Garden, Opaque watercolor and gold on undyed silk

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