Iranian Art at the Time of Shah 'Abbas II (1642-1666)

Sheila Canby, Ravi and Seran Trehan Seminar in the Arts of the Islamic World
March 14, 2012

In her talk entitled “Iranian Art at the Time of Shah `Abbas II (1642–1666)” at the Ravi and Seran Trehan Seminar in the Arts of the Islamic World, Sheila Canby pays homage to the work of Babaie and Farhad, but presents mid-seventeenth-century art across the media with the aim of defining the dominant styles of the period and the factors that contributed to the marked differences between art produced for the court and art produced for provincial grandees. Canby examines internal and external factors such as trade, the Safavid economy, and religious policies for clues to decisions that affected the types of objects produced in this period.

Sheila Canby is the Patti Cadby Birch Curator in Charge of the Islamic Art Department at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. She is currently performing research on Persian art, both of the Safavid and earlier periods, and hopes to curate an exhibition on Seljuq art with her colleague Deniz Beyazit in 2015. 



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