John Augustus Atkinson (1775-1835), A Sultan on a divan remonstrating with monks, ink and watercolor, Height: 14.9 cm, Width: 11.4 cm. V&A, London. From vam.ac.uk.
The Chinese House at Schloss Sanssouci, Potsdam, commissioned by Frederick the Great & designed by Johann Gottfried Büring, 1755-64
Penny Woolcock's new production of Bizet's 'Les Pêcheurs de Perles' ('The Pearl Fishers') for The Metropolitan Opera, NY, opening 31 December 2015, starring Diana Damrau and conducted by Gianandrea Noseda
Washington Irving, The Alhambra. By Washington Irving. Author's Revised Edition. With Illustrations by Felix O. C. Darley, Engraved by the Most Eminent Artists. New York, G.P. Putman, 1851. The Carl H. Pforzheimer Collection of Shelley and His Circle, The New York Public Library, Astor, Lenox and Tilden Foundations. From nuevayork-exhibition.org.
Feng Mengbo, Long March: Restart, 2008, video game installation. Photo: Keith Bedford for the Wall Street Journal. MoMA, NY. From wsj.com.
Performance of Durga Puja on stage at the Pageant of the Masters. Actors (from left to right): Juliet Loughlin, Sarah Ward, Chris Reiser, Mia Ziesmer, Frank Bianchini. PHOTO: MATTHEW ROLSTON FOR THE WALL STREET JOURNAL. From wsj.com.
‘Durga Puja’ in Dhaka, Bangladesh, in October 2013 PHOTO: ANIK RAHMAN/NURPHOTO/NURPHOTO/CORBIS. From wsj.com.
Rodgers & Hammerstein's The King and I, directed by Bartlett Sher, Lincoln Center, NY, 12 March-3 January
Joseph Cornell, L'Égypte de Mlle Cléo de Mérode cours élémentaire d'histoire naturelle, 1940, at the Royal Academy, London--Joseph Cornell: Wanderlust, 4 July-27 September 2015
Joseph Cornell, L'Égypte de Mlle Cléo de Mérode cours élémentaire d'histoire naturelle, 1940, Box construction including wood, paper, glass, sand, doll arm, wood ball, coin, mirror, cork, rock, plastic, thread, bone, rhinestones, sequins, beads, tulle, cut-outs, and glitter, 11.9 x 27.1 x 18.4 cm (closed). Photography: Quicksilver Photographers, LLC. © The Joseph and Robert Cornell Memorial Foundation/VAGA, NY/DACS, London 2015. From royalacademy.org.uk.
Jean-Etienne Liotard exhibition featuring Orientalist works in Edinburgh, 4 July-13 September 2015 at Scottish National Gallery, & London, 24 October 2015 – 31 January 2016 at Royal Academy
Jean-Etienne Liotard, Laura Tarsi, c. 1740, body colour on ivory. 9.6 x 7.7 cm. Fitzwilliam, Cambridge. From royalacademy.org.uk.
Jean-Etienne Liotard, Richard Pococke, 1740. Musee d'Art et d'Histoire, Geneva. From nationalgalleries.org.
Nikoo Paydar has a PhD in art history from the Courtauld Institute, London.