Miniature Painting of Fath Ali Shah Qajar

Painting. Miniature pasted on an album leaf.
Qajar period, Iran
Date: 1811 AD
Size of the miniature painting: 33.7 × 22.8 cm
Kept in the David Collection, Copenhagen, Denmark
Source: [1]
نقاشی مینیاتوری فتحعلی شاه- دوره قاجار - موزه دیوید - دانمارک
Fath Ali Shah (1797-1834) was a great patron of art. Here, the shah is seen with his long beard in full regal splendor, with crown, scepter, jewels, and bejeweled weapons. He is placed in the foreground of a spatially well-defined landscape that reflects European influence and contrasts with the flat, conservative depiction of the shah himself.

 The artist was a certain Ahmad, presumably a pupil of Mihr Ali, whose monumental oil paintings are reflected in the composition of this miniature. European influence was growing, but Iran still dominated.

 According to Wikipedia, the David Collection is a museum of fine and applied art in Copenhagen, Denmark. It was built around the private collections of C.L. David, who was a lawyer, businessman and art collector. The museum is noted for its collection of Islamic art from the 8th to the 19th century, which is one of the largest in Northern Europe.