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Wednesday, June 02, 2004

La Miniature En Orient Plate 62 Portrait of the Prince

La Miniature En Orient Plate 62 Portrait of the Prince: "Detached miniature formerly in the Goloubew collection. By the clothing we can date this to the reign of Shah Tahmasp but it is a bit of a stretch to conclude as Martin did that this is a portrait of the sovereign. In the upper right hand corner is the seal of a former owner. The marginal painting is old but of a different provenance,
Translator's Note:
I have to side with Martin in this case. I believe that this is a portrait of Shah Tahmasp. Aqa Mirak was the close confidant of Tahmasp Safavi and appears to have done a number of portraits of the Shah. Frankly I always suspected that they were lovers but proving that is another matter. Nonetheless I think this piece is best attributed to to Aqa Mirak. "