Jacob Acheroff, Paris, France. 
Freer Gallery of Art, purchased from Jacob Acheroff, Paris. 
 Curatorial Remark 1 in the object record.
 See note 1.
- Previous Owner(s) and Custodian(s)
The right half of a double- page frontispiece, this remarkable painting depicts Ulugh Beg (1393-1449), a grandson of Timur (Tamerlane), the founder of the powerful Timurid dyansty of Iran and central Asia (1370-1506). An accomplished bibliophile, historian, mathematician, and above all, an astronomer, Ulugh Beg built a celebrated observatory in Samarqand. In this painting, he is shown in a ceremonial courtly setting, which often was held in the open air. While the composition conforms to the norms of Timurid pictorial style, with its emphasis on idealized figural types, two-dimensional spaces, and finely painted surfaces, the bold, saturated colors are unusal and may be a particular feature of fifteenth-century painting from Samarqand.
- Published References
- Jeremy Tredinnick. An Illustrated History of Kazakhstan. .
- I.N. Khan Arshi. Black Taj Mahal: The Emperor's Missing Tomb. New Delhi. .
- Abu'l-Husayn Abdu'r-Rahman As-Sufi. Suwaru'l-Kawakib. Hyderabad, India. front.
- Julia Bailey. Carpets and Textiles in the Iranian World 1400-1700: Proceedings of the Conference held at the Ashmolean Museum on 30-31 August 2003. Oxford and Genoa. p. 18, fig. 1.
- Art et Société dans le Monde Iranien. Bibliotheque Iranienne, no. 26 Paris. pp. 41-42, fig. 19.
- Frederique Beaupertuis-Bressand, Eleanor Sims. Ulug Beg: Le Prince Astronome. Paris. pp. 44-45.
- Smithsonian Institution. Report of the Secretary, 1946-1947. Washington. p. 46, pl. 1.
- B. W. Robinson. Fifteenth-Century Persian Painting: Problems and Issues. Hagop Kevorkian Series on Near Eastern Art and Civilization New York. pp. 49-50, fig. 15.
- Abolala Soudavar, Milo Cleveland Beach. Art of the Persian Courts: Selections from the Art and History Trust Collection. New York. p. 70.
- Thomas W. Lentz, Glenn D. Lowry. Timur and the Princely Vision: Persian Art and Culture in the Fifteenth Century. Exh. cat. Los Angeles. p. 90, fig. 33.
- The Book of Travels: Genre, Ethnology, and Pilgrimage, 1250-1700. Studies in Medieval and Reformation Traditions Leiden. p. 140, fig. 3.4.
- B. W. Robinson. Islamic Painting and the Arts of the Book. London. p. 150.
- Andrew Topsfield. Ketelaar’s Embassy and the Farangi Theme in the Art of Udaipur. vol. XXX, no. 5. pp. 186-187, fig. 12.
- Barbara Brend. A Carpet and Related Pictures--A Legacy of Timur's Samarqand? vol. 30, no. 2. p. 187, fig. 12.
- B. W. Robinson. Persian Painting and the National Epic. Annual Lecture on Aspects of Art, Henriette Hertz Trust of the British Academy London. cat. 3, p. 290.
- Qajar Iran: Political, Social, and Cultural Change, 1800-1925. Edinburgh. p. 293.
- Persia: Ancient Iran and the Classical World. Exh. cat. Los Angeles, April 26, 2022. p. 295, fig. 80.
- M.M. Ashrafi. Where was the Portrait of Ulugh Beg Painted. no. 21. p. 24030.
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- Arts of the Islamic World
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