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Volume 4 – Number 12

Dec 1973

Arts of Isfahan
Storied Cities of Ceylon
Themes in Chinese Jade
The Exile Island
Ritual of Rice

Cover. A work atypical 0f most seventeenth-century Iranian art is Muhammad Zaman's The Return from the Flight into Egypt, based on an engraving by the Flemish master Lucas Vosterman after Peter Paul Rubens' painting of the same name. Zaman ordinarily worked for his Muslim patrons at the imperial court of Isfahan, but that so noted an artist could be commissioned to paint on a New Testament theme indicates the power and influence of Isfahan's Armenian Christian community. The community had been forcibly resettled in Isfahan by one of Iran's most notable monarchs, Shah 'Abbas I. Painting is courtesy Fogg Art Museum, Cambridge; gift of John Goelet.

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