Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History



  • Mounted Hunter with Dog, 16th century; Safavid
    Iran
    Ink and transparent colors on paper; 4 3/4 x 3 1/2 in. (12.1 x 9.2 cm)
    Gift of Richard Ettinghausen, 1975 (1975.192.17)

    The tiny holes around the figure of this hunter chasing game birds indicate that this sketch was used as a pounce, to copy the image onto another work. In Islamic paintings, stock figures that filled court or battle scenes or natural elements that elaborated landscape backgrounds were often copied into a number of compositions from preexisting sketches such as this. Holes were pricked around the image to be copied and transferred onto an underlying paper by dusting charcoal over it.

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  • Mounted Hunter with Dog, 16th century; Safavid
    Iran
    Ink and transparent colors on paper; 4 3/4 x 3 1/2 in. (12.1 x 9.2 cm)
    Gift of Richard Ettinghausen, 1975 (1975.192.17)

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