A European Couple

A European Couple

c. 1610-1627

attributed to Ali Riza, the "Bodleian Painter"

(Indian)

Drawing with opaque watercolor and gold on paper, gold-flecked blue borders

Gift in honor of Madeline Neves Clapp; Gift of Mrs. Henry White Cannon by exchange; Bequest of Louise T. Cooper; Leonard C. Hanna Jr. Fund; From the Catherine and Ralph Benkaim Collection 2013.285

Description

This painting of a European couple seems to be based on close observation and a desire to record the appearance of foreigners. The artist has accurately depicted the 17th-century European clothing in great detail, particularly in the collar ruffs, linen cuffs, and ornate jewelry worn by both figures.

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