Workshop of El Greco (Spanish, ca. 1610). Saint Andrew, ca. 1610. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Bequest of Stephen C. Clark, 1960 (61.101.8) | This work is featured in “El Greco in New York," on view through February 1, 2015. #mustache #movember
Francisco de Zurbarán (Spanish, 1598–1664). The Battle between Christians and Moors at El Sotillo, ca. 1637–39. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Kretschmar Fund, 1920 (20.104) | n 1370 the Spanish forces were saved from a night ambush when a miraculous light revealed the hidden Moorish troops. #horses
Chand Bibi Hawking with Attendants in a Landscape, ca. 1700. India, Deccan. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Louis E. and Theresa S. Seley Purchase Fund for Islamic Art, 1999 (1999.403) | Here Chand Bibi rides a white horse, whose lower half has been colored red with henna to symbolize its wading through blood (or bravery in battle). #horses
Nizami (Ilyas Abu Muhammad Nizam al-Din of Ganja) (probably 1141–1217)."Laila and Majnun in School", Folio from a Khamsa (Quintet) of Nizami, A.H. 931/A.D. 1524–25. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Gift of Alexander Smith Cochran, 1913 (126.96.36.199) | One of the best-known stories of Nizami’s Khamsa is that of Laila and Majnun, a tale akin to that of the star-crossed lovers Romeo and Juliet. This folio illustrates their meeting at the school where they fall in love at first sight.
"Krishna and Balarma Fighting the Enemy", Folio from a Harivamsa (The Legend of Hari (Krishna)), ca. 1590–95. Islamic. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Purchase, Edward C. Moore Jr. Gift, 1928 (28.63.3) | This combat scene is a melee of clashing swords, flying banners, and strewn bodies. The dynamic action of the battle scene is typical of the Akbar period, while the style of the rocks still shows dependence on Persian painting. #swords