The Morgan’s collection of Islamic manuscripts was, in the words of curator William Voelkle, “the offspring of a love affair” between Belle da Costa Greene and art critic Bernard Berenson. This work depicting two lovers caught Belle’s eye when she and Berenson visited an exhibition in Munich in 1910. The following year, she negotiated the purchase of this and many other Islamic works for Pierpont Morgan’s collection.
Artist: school of: Riza Abbasi, Iranian, ca. 1565–1635 A Prince Reclining against a Bolster ca. 1650 Opaque watercolor and gold on paper Miniature: 15.7 x 10.5cm (6 3/16 x 4 1/8in.) Leaf: 34 x 21.5cm (13 3/8 x 8 7/16in.) Gift of Mary Burns Foss 1983.94.16 - See more at: http://artgallery.yale.edu/collections/objects/prince-reclining-against-bolster#sthash.6xlkDH61.dpuf
Classroom Scene. The headmaster is about to strike a student, who catches his turban. Other students read, misbehave, write, or polish paper (left corner). ˓Abd al-˓Aziz Sulṭān (d.1549), for whom this manuscript is believed to have been commissioned, established a library that was supposedly without equal. | The Morgan Library & Museum
Welch, Stuart Cary. Wonders of the Age, Masterpieces of Early Safavid Painting, 1501-1676. Cambridge, MA: Fogg Art Museum, 1979, p. 179 Henna on the hands? Under dress in white with embroidery? and a shorter black under dress / top? Link is crap as this came from the Persian clothiers facebook