Description This painting shows courtiers of Shah 'Abbas I (r. 1588–1629), one of the great kings of the Persian Safavid dynasty (1501–1732). In 1598, Shah 'Abbas moved the capital from Qazvin to Isfahan, where there was a strong relationship between the city and the extensive royal gardens. Isfahan, and even its surrounding suburbs, were developed as a great garden on an urban scale. The Persian garden was the result of a sophisticated irrigation system that created the city oases of Iran and central Asia.
- Paradise Imagined: Images of the Garden in the Islamic and Christian World. The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore. 2012.
Provenance Sale, Sotheby's, February 1960; Walters Art Museum, 1960, by purchase.
Credit Museum purchase with funds provided by the S. & A.P. Fund, 1960
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