Laila and Majnun at School', Folio from a Khamsa (Quintet) of Nizami, A.H. 835/ A.D. 1431-32, Made in present-day Afghanistan, Herat, Ink, opaque watercolor, and gold on paper, Page: H. 12 5/16 inches (31.3 cm), Codices, This splendid painting is from a manuscript of the frequently illustrated story of Laila and Majnun by the twelfth-century Persian poet Nizami. It was commissioned by the Timurid prince Baisunghur of Herat, one of the greatest bibliophiles in all Islamic history, who gathered at his court the very best painters from Baghdad, Tabriz, Shiraz, and Samarkand to illustrate his matchless collection of books. (Photo by: Sepia Times/Universal Images Group via Getty Images)




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