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in Persian painting long before the Safavid period (1501-1722), either as
characters in illustrations of the Shahnameh of Ferdowsi or Khamsa
of Nizami or as unidentified labourers, elephant jockeys and the like. Over the
course of the 16th and 17th centuries the Persian
depiction of Indians expanded to include portraits and works in the Indian
style. This lecture will examine the changing representations of Indians that
paralleled an increasingly naturalistic style of painting in Iran as well as a
shifting political and mercantile relationship between Iran and India.
presentation will be followed by a brief discussion between Dr Canby and Ina
Sandmann, IHF Trustee and Curator of the Sarikhani Collection. There will also
be a Q&A session at the end.
From 2009 to 2019, Dr Sheila Canby was Curator in Charge of Islamic Art
at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. She was previously Curator of Islamic Art
and Antiquities at the British Museum (1991-2009), before which she had curated
Islamic collections in several museums in the US, including the Los Angeles
County Museum of Art and the Brooklyn Museum. She has written numerous
publications, including: Islamic Art: Close-Up (2015); Shah `Abbas
and the Imperial Treasures of Iran (2009); Islamic Art in Detail
(2005); and Hunt for Paradise: Court Arts of Safavid Iran, 1501-76 (2003).
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