Mostly Miniatures : An Introduction to Persian Painting
Yayıncı Princeton University Press ( 02 / 2002 ) ISBN 9780691049991 | Büyük boy | İngilizce | Türler Resim
Islamic art historian, Oleg Grabar introduces Western audiences to Persian painting, which consists primarily of miniatures illustrating works of literature, but also includes murals and small ceramics decorated with pictures. The masterpieces of this painting have a visual richness that requires the use of the intellect as well as the eye for their appreciation, and Grabar seeks to situate the reader within their world, that of Islamic culture in Iran from the Middle Ages to Modern times. Through a series of chapters on various aspects of Persian painting, he helps us understand its history, the characteristics that define it and the delights to be discovered in it. Grabar argues that this genre of painting offers a remarkable example of how books are illustrated in general and of how an Iranian secular taste emerged during centuries dominated by religious art. He shows that the peculiarities of its historical background gave rise to specific characteristics: striking colours, dematerialization of space, subtle evocations of emotions, simultaneous lyricism and epic. The qualities of Persian painting created an aesthetic mood that is related to Persian poetry and Islamic mysticism.