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Dome of Ali Qapu



Dome of Ali Qapu



These ONLINE presentations taught by Adam Williamson are inspired by his studies and travels in Isfahan.

Online session absorbing the hidden majesty of the sublime 16th Century Dome of Ali Qapu Palace in Isfahan. Its delicate earthy tempora contrasting the shamsah tiles of the Lotfollah dome on the opposite side of the Naqsh-e Jahan Square. The floral motifs alternate between hatayi and bulut cloud forms.

Ali Qapu is unique for its naturalistic wall paintings by the miniature painter Reza Abbasi, the court painter of Shah Abbas I, and his pupils. The palace served as the official residence of Persian Emperors of the Safavid dynasty.

Dome of Ali Qapu

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REQUIRED equipment & materials

  • A compass (recommended compass is the Rotring Master Bow)
  • A ruler
  • Paper size A3 =  29.7 x 42.0cm, 11.69 x 16.53 inches
  • Range of Pencils (6B-4H)
  • Tracing paper
  • Zero Eraser or equivalent
  • Optional – Coloured pencils.
  • Optional – Fine line drawing pens (useful to have, but not essential)


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