• Flower Study

    Artist:
    Shaykh
    Technique:
    gouache
    Dimensions:
    30,3x20,5 cm

Shaykh

Flower Study

Iran, 1777

Together with another flower composition this miniature formed one spread of an album which has not survived. From the 16th century a new art form developed in Iran - the composition and decoration of albums known as muraqqa', which had alternating sheets of miniatures, drawings and samples of calligraphy, forming a kind of miniature picture gallery intended for private contemplation. Usually the sheets of any one spread in such an album were very similar and of almost the same size. In this case the miniatures are set into identical frames of coloured bands and are stuck onto blue cardboard (see Flower Study by Muhammad Mahdi; VP-548). This "fantasy" of different flowers seems to grow from a single root. A natural approach to certain details in these flatly-treated flowers is combined with decorative devices. The strictly symmetrical composition of tulips, roses and carnations in orange, pink and green is clearly silhouetted against the light background. Beneath the bud at the bottom left is the artist's barely visible signature: The most humble Shaykh.

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Flower Study

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gouache

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30,3x20,5 cm

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Entered the Hermitage in 1924; transferred from the Stieglitz Museum collection

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VР-551

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