Comparative Aesthetic Analysis of Two female Monograph by Mir Afzal Tuni and Mirza Baba

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Neda Khorsandi Akbarnezhad, Laleh Kharrazian


With the arrival of the Europeans and the effects of Western style on Safavid painting, women's images, which had previously been viewed as a complementary feature, began to appear separately and individually in single-leaf illustration of the Isfahan school.This process continued until the first half of the Qajar school.In fact, the introduction of new art materials, as well as the change in government and regional relocation from Isfahan to Tehran, influenced the show of single figures.The two monographs, "A reclining woman and her lapdog"by Mir Afzal Tunifrom Isfahan School and "Qajar Lady" by Mirza Baba from court paintings of the first half of Qajar School, are the examples studied in this article.The aim is to study the visual structure and comparative aesthetic analysis of these two works, which examines the differences and similarities in the seductive representation of the female monograph.Despite having different techniques and cultures in performing an emerging subject such as monographs, the findings indicate that both artists appeared to show the intellectual spaces of life in the palace as well as the corruption and destruction in their society.

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