By the early 19th century, of all the medieval traditions of painting just one was still going strong — that of Iran. This adventurous canvas, the almost life-size Female Acrobat of circa 1815, is representative of the best works of the period, with their complex geometric subdivision of pictorial space, flat perspective, rich Klimt-like patterning and an almost cubist treatment of the body. I personally think it is absolutely phenomenal. Shame the school didn’t last; European all-too-realistic influences ruined it only a few decades later. Source: Victoria and Albert Museum.
which reminds me