Date(s) - 27/11/2020
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Claire Chorley and Claire Shepherd, Royal Collection Trust, will present, via Zoom:
Ghizilbashi Rezah and the Girl from New Julfa: seventeenth-century Armenian oil paintings from Iran in the Royal Collection
The Royal Collection is home to three extremely unusual, recently-identified 17th century oil paintings by the previously unknown Armenian painter Marcos. Two of the full-length portraits of figures in richly-patterned dress are currently being conserved; they tell a tale of international trade and diplomacy centred around the cosmopolitan city of Isfahan in modern-day Iran. Inscriptions in Armenian identify the subjects as Ghizilbashi Rezah and Girl from New Julfa (New Julfa is the Armenian district of Isfahan). While Marcos would have worked with or been trained by one of the handful of European painters working in Isfahan at the time, his paintings also display less familiar techniques such as the use of carefully applied metal ‘glitter’ to imitate the metal thread in the figures’ coats. In this talk, we will discuss Marcos’s rich painting technique and the treatment of these fragile unlined canvases, as well as trying to answer some of the questions the paintings raise – how did they come to be made by an Armenian painter in Isfahan, and how and when might they have reached the Royal Collection? We will also look at their unusual seventeenth century chinoiserie frames, which are currently being treated by our colleague Jane Wallis.
This talk is free of charge for all BAPCR members. A limited number of non-members can book a place at these talks for £5 per guest. Please email BAPCRsecretary@gmail.com for a Zoom invitation and payment details.