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Timelines of World Art: Middle East

1630

The Shah Mosque is completed by Sultan Safi in Isfahan and, despite its large size, achieves a lightness in the appearance of its domes and blue-glazed tile exterior. Read more...

c. 1812

Persian painter Mihr 'Ali creates the best of his series of full-length oil paintings of Qajar ruler Fath 'Ali Shah, showing the monarch in a gold brocade costume and large crown. Read more...

1892

Muhammad Ghaffari combines European painting techniques and styles with local themes to create such works as The Fortune-teller. Given the title Kamal al-Mulk ('Perfection of the Kingdom'), he later founds Iran's first fine arts academy. Read more...


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