Persian Miniatures by Parkstone Press

By Parkstone Press

Encounter certainly one of history’s maximum civilisations via miniatures. In Persian Miniatures, the tale of the awesome Persian Empire is instructed in terms of an inventive culture on a small yet bright scale. This distinct number of vibrant miniatures from Persia in a handy transportable dimension will make the right gift.

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More reliably, al-Rawandi relates that in 1184 he copied a collection of various poets’ works in which the artist (naqqash), Jamal-i Isfahani, had included the portraits of these poets. 2 cm The British Museum, London 44 45 Finally, one source reports that during the siege of Merv by the Mongols in 1220, a list of artists and craftsmen of the city was compiled at the command of the captors. Naturally, it would be difficult to maintain that the term naqqash in this text includes miniaturists. Earlier accounts are just as sparse and imprecise.

All other reports speak not of early Iranian manuscript illumination but of portrait painting or scientific illustration. 8 cm The British Library, London 52 53 period (224-651 AD), and developed, even flourished, in Iranian painting during the following centuries. The facts available at present attest that fresco painting existed on Iranian territory in the 10th to 12th centuries, and that it was above all widespread in the northeast and beyond the borders of Iran; Khusraw at Shirin’s palace Illustration from Nizami’s masterpiece Khamsa (literally “collection of five”) Late 15th century 29 x 19 cm Keir Collection, London 54 55 we also know that portrait painting has existed in Iran since the Sassanian period, and that there are a number of illustrations of literary and epic subjects among works of applied art, even cycles of such illustrations.

7 x 18 cm The Chester Beatty Library, Dublin 62 63 while human experiences and states of mind easily find a precise symbol among objects in the immediate environment.

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