1872-1873. Oil on canvas. The Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow, Russia. Read Note.
The Doors of Tamerlane is a historical picture, showing the entrance to the palace of Tamerlane in Samarkand. Tamerlane, anglicized form of Timur-i-Lang ('Lame Timur' or 'Timur the Lame') (1336-1404), was a Turkic conqueror, born in Kash near Samarkand. He waged several devastating wars, conquering Persia (1392-96) and northern India (1398), and defeating the Ottomans and the Mamlukes (1402). He died leading campaign against China. His capital, Samarkand, profited greatly from his conquests