The Chester Beatty exhibition Meeting in Isfahan explores this cosmopolitan urban centre of trade, ideas and visual culture.
This mounted print features the artwork Salm and Tūr organise the murder of their brother Īraj, by Muḥammad Zamān, from the Book of Kings (Shāhnāma). The scene takes place in front of a European architectural composition in startling illusionistic perspective. The source image was a print by the Dutch artistprintmaker Hendrik Hondius (died 1650), adapted in turn from Hans Vredeman de Vries (died 1607). A specialist painter in the European mode (farangi-saz, in Persian), Isfahan court painter Muḥammad Zamān was appointed to add modern paintings to this older manuscript from the royal library, in 1675-6.
This window mounted print measures (including mount) 16” x 12”, 40.64 x 30.48 cm.
- Dimensions: 16” x 12”, 40.64 x 30.48 cm
- Weight: 137g
- Image details: Salm and Tūr organise the murder of their brother Īraj, from the Book of Kings (Shāhnāma), by Firdausi, Muhammad Zaman, 1675-1676 (1086H), Isfahan, Iran, CBL Per 277.16
- Material: Window mounted print