(Persia Digest) – Following the opening of the “Louvre in Tehran” exhibition by the French FM Le Drian, with 55 masterpieces of the Louvre Museum being showcased at the National Museum of Iran, it has been decided to stage a similar exhibition of the works kept in Tehran’s Golestan Palace World Heritage Site the Louvre-Lens Museum in northern France.
The Director of the Golestan Palace World Heritage Centre announced that 19 masterpieces from the Palace, including eight oil paintings made of Nasser-e-Din Shah’s photographs, will be on display at the Louvre-Lens Museum in Pas-de-Calais, northern France, approximately 200 kilometers north of Paris.
Massoud Nosrati added: “The Qajar era collection is titled “The Rose Empire Masterpieces of 19th-Century Persian Art”. This can be a start for the introduction of Qajar art to the French and the world.”
Apart from the said eight paintings, a photo album shot by Nasser-e-Din Shah together with the camera, a copper crown belonging to Agha Mohammad Khan, two Quran manuscripts, and six series of interconnected pieces of art, including various works of calligraphy and painting, have been selected for the Louvre-Lens Museum.
“The Rose Empire Masterpieces of 19th-Century Persian Art” exhibition will run in France for three months, starting 28 March 2018.