Crossing the Caspian: Persia and Europe, 1500–1700

  • Address:
    328 Lomita Drive
    Stanford, CA 94305
  • Time: 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM
  • Price: Free

Lynn Krywick Gibbons Gallery 

January 22, 2020–April 26, 2020

Crossing the Caspian explores the golden age of artistic exchange between the Safavid Empire of Persia and Europe. Featuring prints, drawings, miniature paintings, rare books, and maps, as well as objects of porcelain and silk, this exhibition examines the opening of new geographic, diplomatic, and mercantile routes between Persia and Europe in the seventeenth century.

The pieces assembled here include works by artists from Antwerp, Amsterdam, Paris, Hollstein, Qazvin, Isfahan, and Shiraz. Together, the works represent the process of coming to know a foreign culture through the medium of visual art. 

We gratefully acknowledge support from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Photo above: artist unknown (Persian, Iran), Scene from the Shahnameh: Rustam Battling with the White Demon, c. 1588. Gouache and gold leaf on paper. Committee for Art Acquisitions Fund, 1985.137