Mozart's Rondo Alla Turca (Turkish March), third movement of Piano Sonata No. 11 in A major--performed by Lang Lang with the The Vienna Philharmonic, 2014
Gustav Klimt, The Dancer (Ria Munk), 1917, oil on canvas, 180 x 90 cm. Neue Galerie, New York. From npr.org.
Gustav Klimt, Adele Bloch-Bauer II, 1912, oil on canvas. Private collection. © 2014 The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Photo: Jonathan Muzikar. From moma.org.
Description from the Metropolitan Opera website:
Die Entführung aus dem Serail was written at the order of the Austrian Emperor Joseph II. For source material, Mozart turned to a popular farce of his day about two pairs of European lovers, one noble and the other their servants, who are trying to escape from the harem of a Turkish pasha and his amusingly sleazy overseer. The work uses spoken dialogue and separate musical numbers in the form of a Singspiel, or “sung play.”
Setting for Jean-Georges Noverre's Ballet "The Persian Fair" at the Burgtheater, Vienna, 15 April 1769, pen and black ink on paper, 8 1/8 x 12 1/2 inches (207 x 318 mm). The Morgan Library & Museum, NY. From themorgan.org.
For an early 20th-century ballet set design evoking Persia see the Ballets Russes Schéhérazade design by Léon Bakst (1910).
Baron von Stillfried, Portrait of Monks, c. 1875. Rijksmuseum Amsterdam. From rijksmuseum.nl.
J. & L. Lobmeyr two-handled enameled 'Persian style' amber glass vase, c 1878, white enameled monogram mark, the design by Georg Rehländer, flattened oviform with applied loop handles, the body richly enameled and gilt with stylized flowers and foliage, 20.9 cm high. From christies.com.
J. & L. Lobmeyr two-handled enameled 'Persian style' amber glass vase c 1878, flattened oviform with applied angular loop handles, richly enameled and gilt allover with stylized flowers and foliage, 43.7 cm high. From christies.com.
Nikoo Paydar has a PhD in art history from the Courtauld Institute, London.