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Lecture by Dr Sheila Canby 15 May 2019, 5:30pm

Portraiture in Safavid Iran

Over the course of the sixteenth century artists’ approach to portraiture evolved in Iran. Whereas few figures were depicted with individualized facial details in the first half of the century, the introduction of European prints through trade and travelers stimulated a gradual shift toward greater verisimilitude in portraiture. This illustrated talk will consider the changing pictorial style in Safavid Iran, its sources and its practitioners.

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