Thursday, October 16, 2008

Royal Persian Paintings - II

Fath'Ali Shah Attended by a Prince Smoking Water Pipe - By Muhammad Hasan

The Fath 'Ali Shah was keen to promote a Royal Image of Stability, Majesty, and Elegance.
He was no warrior at heart. He appreciated the refinements of court life, more than the hardships of the battlefield. He enjoyed hunting and the splendor of military reviews and preferred the company of Poets and Artists.

He was known for His Avarice and was fond of displaying his wealth, extravagant garments, and ornaments. He kept a Harem of a thousand women and sired more than one-hundred Sons and Daughters. When He died; he left behind more than a Thousand Descendants, who constituted a new Ruling Elite.


Mother and Child - 1800's - Muhammad Hasan

A Compellingly Beautiful Portrait of one of Fath 'Ali Shah's Wives and Child.
On one level, the treatment of the subject alludes to Motherhood and Fertility, on
another, it's Erotic message is ever so skillfully conveyed-!


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