Found in Rhode Island of all places, is this most attractive painting of the famous landmark Masjid-e-shah mosque in Isfahan, Iran (the mosque now called "Imam Mosque". Measuring 19 3/4" by 27 3/4" on the stretchers, 25" by 33" as framed, the work is signed at lower right "Andro" and is dated there 1966. Affixed to the backing paper is a handwritten note giving the title and location. On the reverse of the canvas are what I believe are three numerals in Farsi language. I have located another work online by this same artist, of this same subject, but other than that have not been able to identify the artist or his or her nationality. The artist was very, very talented as the luminosity factor in the painting is outstanding, the domes and spires and other architectural details emerging from an atmospheric haze. The dome at right, particularly, has a golden shine to it, as it gilded and reflecting sunlight. The mosque dates to the 16th century and is regarded as a masterpiece of architecture and stonework and tilework. See more information on it on the net. We are left to speculate as to the identity of this artist, who might possibly have been Spanish or Italian. The varnish on the painting has browned significantly in the nearly 50 years since it was created; a cleaning to remove that would add even more light to this already light-filled painting. The original frame has sustained a little damage in shipping from the east coast, the inner wood liner becoming cracked at bottom corners. SEE HUNDREDS OF OTHER WORKS OF ART NOW IN MY SHOP.
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