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The Rose Empire: Masterpieces of 19th-Century Persian Art

Louvre-Lens

28 Mar - 23 Jul 2018

This exhibition is dedicated to the arts of the Qajar dynasty that ruled Iran from 1786 to 1925: a period which saw the modernisation of Iran, even while the country sought to preserve its identity and traditions. The artistic creation of this period, stimulated by virtuoso artists at court, is particularly rich and abundant. The exhibition brings together more than 400 paintings, drawings, jewels, enamels, carpets, costumes, photographs or ceremonial weapons, in an immersive and colourful scenography created by Christian Lacroix. Find out more about the ‘Rose Empire exhibition from the Louvre-Lens website. 

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Bowl with lid, dish and spoon of a set signed and dedicated to Fath Ali Shah

Bowl with lid, dish and spoon of a set signed and dedicated to Fath Ali Shah (early 19th century), signed by Bagir. © Ashmolean Museum, University of Oxford

Mirror case with portrait of 'Ali, Hasan and Husayn, Iran

Mirror case with portrait of ‘Ali, Hasan and Husayn (1871), Iran. © Bernisches Historisches Museum

Portrait of a man of religion, Abu Turab Ghaffari

Portrait of a man of religion (late 19th century), Abu Turab Ghaffari. Photo: Raphaël Chipault; © Musée du Louvre, dist. RMN-GP

Tumbler Girl, Iran

Tumbler Girl (c. 1820–1820), Iran. © Archivio di Stato del Cantone Ticino, Bellinzona

Cat (late 19th century), Iran. Photo: Hervé Lewandowski; © Musée du Louvre, dist. RMN-GP

 

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